Greetings my Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
If April showers bring May flowers, then May should be full of blooming flowers. Lord knows we have had our share of rain. Like many of you, I cannot wait to see spring in its glory. The flowers and the foliage that appear every year no matter what the weather serve as a beautiful reminder that we should “bloom where we are planted” (1 Corinthians 7:20–24). Keeping this in mind, to have a beautiful garden, we must care for and nurture all our plants and flowers because if we do not nurture them, they will shrivel up and die. Most good things in life require effort and care to thrive. This is especially true when it comes to our religious and spiritual lives. If we do not take time to care for ourselves, we do not have the energy to care for others.
I urge you this spring and summer to take time to care for yourselves. There are many things that we can do to accomplish this goal. Many of these things we are already aware of, like exercising, getting enough rest, eating better and taking time to enjoy our families. But, too often we neglect our spiritual and religious needs during the summer. We pray less often, our attendance in church drops significantly because we are caught up in our summer activities and forget about the church. We tell ourselves we will return in the fall. Because of this, we often forget that, though we are away, the church is open year-round to serve and help us. It, too, needs nurturing and care throughout the year, not just during certain seasons. Therefore, I urge you all to take time to pray more, love more and worship more frequently. If we all do this, we will not only bloom where we are planted, we will thrive, and our blooms will become larger thus enriching the lives of those around us.