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Week 1 – Tuesday

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The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come … The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom … 

Reading

Song of Songs 2.10-13
10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
    and come away;
11 for now the winter is past,
    the rain is over and gone.
12 The flowers appear on the earth;
    the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
    is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree puts forth its figs,
    and the vines are in blossom;
    they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
    and come away.

Reflection

In the northern hemisphere, during Lent we can look forward to lengthening hours of daylight and signs of spring.

Some of us are particularly sensitive to these changes, but the responses to light in deciduous trees and in birds are even more dramatic. Even for birds in parts of the world where the hours of daylight vary little through the year, a small adjustment of a few minutes is enough to trigger reproductive hormones and begin the breeding cycle.

Action

We all need light – but we also need to reduce our carbon emissions. Switching to low-energy LED bulbs is a small adjustment that could make a big difference.

Prayer for the week
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight!
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!

From “Thou whose almighty word”,
by John Marriott (1780–1825)

Family Challenge

Make small changes
Little things add up to save a lot of energy. Turn lights off when you leave a room. Turn off chargers once mobile devices are charged.