23rd September

Spring Cross-Roads

Listen! Wisdom is calling out. Reason is making herself heard. … at the cross-roads she stands. Proverbs 8: 1

The Spring Equinox, one of the two days in the year when day and night are of equal length, owing to the sun’s crossing of the equator, is also St. Cuthbert’s Day:

As the heralds of Spring
golden trumpet
the arrival of Easter,
as the dark night of Lent passes
and the days lengthen
so like Cuthbert,
bright star of the North,
we would become
your Easter people, O Christ,
shepherds of your sheep,
peace makers and hospitality givers
open to change and partnership
Spirit led, in solitude and costly service.
Kate Mcllhagga Cuthbert’s Folk

I also omit how Cuthbert saw the soul of a farm manager carried up to the sky at his death; how he wonderfully sent demons packing; or how he healed people of disturbed mind through his prayers.
The Anonymous Life of Cuthbert

God of Spring-time
While the sun is crossing over the equator
may I be crossing over
from dark to light
from complaining to appreciation
from dither to boldness
from stagnation to creativity
from coldness to love
from me to you

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