At this time of year the snowdrops are in full bloom in the manse garden and they seem to get more and more each year. They remind me of my native, Ayrshire, as snowdrops grow in abundance there along the hedgerows and in the woods at this time of year. But the snowdrops also remind us that Spring is not far away. The 1st of March sees the start of Lent when we begin the period of particular reflection on the saving grace of God culminating in our remembrance of the events of Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
The snowdrops during the winter months are buried deep in the ground and appear to be lifeless then in late January they burst through the frozen ground full of life and bringing the promise of better days to come. These lovely flowers are symbolic of the events of Holy Week to which the season of Lent leads. When Jesus’ lifeless body was taken down from the cross on Good Friday and laid in the tomb like the snowdrops before they bloom he was hidden from sight and humanity’s hope was in the ground with him. Then on Easter Sunday Jesus rose from death to bring light and life to all. Life in all its fullness that death can no more destroy.
So let us appreciate the snowdrops and other flowers that remind us that Spring is on the way and let them speak to us the message of the abundant and eternal life which is God’s gift to us in Christ Jesus.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away. Behold, I am making all things new.”