“Long stormy spring-time; wet, contentious April; winter chilling the very lap of May; but at length, the season of summer does come” (Thomas Carlyle). In April, you might be soaked by a sudden shower, pleased to see rain pattering on new seedlings in the garden, annoyed by a water leak in the basement, or smiling at children splashing in puddles. Indeed our relationship with April showers can be contentious. Water is a premier gift from our Creator. It gives life to every being on earth. But like many blessings bestowed on us, there can be too much or too little of it, and it needs good stewardship. Depending on where you live, you may have to ration your water use to conserve scare supplies. Or you might be filling sandbags during floods. But Spring is the time when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
By Mary Jackle, OSB