Trustree Dan Svitch

Enjoying the blessings of spring

“Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:3

After what felt like a very long winter, marked with the symptoms of pandemic fatigue, we can now take comfort in the first hints of spring that are well upon us. As we celebrated the resurrection of Christ earlier this month, we also saw signs of new life all around us, which brought with them a sense of optimism and gratitude.

With the weather growing warmer, we are thankful that we may once again gather outdoors with small groups of friends and family. These moments spent enjoying the sunshine and laughter with good company are true blessings we should not take for granted.

Spring is also the perfect time to look for the many other blessings we are surrounded with as we appreciate the beauty of all His creations. Emerging green and splashes of colour, new growth and fresh blooms, bird songs and butterflies — all these gifts are opportunities to give Him thanks.

Practicing gratitude as a rule allows for a happier, healthier, and more productive life. Look for the blessings in every day, especially during times of exhaustion. The more time you allow yourself to acknowledge and appreciate them, the more blessings you will find all around you.

This column was submitted by STAR Catholic Schools. Dan Svitich (dan.svitich@starcatholic.ab.ca) is the local Trustee on the STAR Catholic Schools Division Board. STAR Catholic Schools has more than 4,400 students in 12 schools located in Beaumont, Drayton Valley, Leduc, Lacombe, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.

– Submitted by STAR Catholic