Preparing the Heart: What is Coming Behind the Crocus



This is why I believe that God really has dived down into the bottom of creation, and has come up bringing the whole redeemed nature on His shoulders. The miracles that have already happened are, of course, as Scripture so often says, the first fruits of that cosmic summer which is presently coming on. Christ has risen, and so we shall rise.

…To be sure, it feels wintry enough still: but often in the very early spring it feels like that.  Two thousand years are only a day or two by this scale.  A man really ought to say, ‘The Resurrection happened two thousand years ago’  in the same spirit in which he says ‘I saw a crocus yesterday.’

Because we know what is coming behind the crocus.

The spring comes slowly down the way, but the great thing is that the corner has been turned.  There is, of course, this difference that in the natural spring the crocus cannot choose whether it will respond or not.

We can. 

We have the power either of withstanding the spring, and sinking back into the cosmic winter, or of going on…to which He is calling us.

It remains with us whether to follow or not,  to die in this winter, or to go on into that spring and that summer.
~C. S. Lewis from “God in the Dock”


And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow from “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”


You, who are beyond our understanding,
have made yourself understandable to us in Jesus Christ.
You, who are the uncreated God,
have made yourself a creature for us.
You, who are the untouchable One,
have made yourself touchable to us.
You, who are most high,
make us capable of understanding your amazing love
and the wonderful things you have done for us.
Make us able to understand the mystery of your incarnation,
the mystery of your life, example and doctrine,
the mystery of your cross and passion,
the mystery of your resurrection and ascension.
~Angela of Foligno (1248-1309)– prayer



6 thoughts on “Preparing the Heart: What is Coming Behind the Crocus

  1. Thank you. This was beautiful! I’m experiencing a lot of winter in my soul right now, but Immanuel, has been here. This post so resonated with me.
    Blessed Christmas to you. I appreciate all you do.

    -Gwen Jorgensen


  2. Thank you, Emily, for these encouraging words. I’ve forwarded them to a few of my friends to encourage them as well.
    Christmas blessings to you and your family!


  3. Can we know love without knowing hate? And knowing the two, why must the lesson be repeated? Why would anyone choose hate? Thinking now of the old Broadway show song, “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” and I believe the answer lies within. Hate is the lesson we can’t quite learn- nor should we- and love is the antidote, ever present, though often barely visible in the glaring presence of hate. “And in the end, the love you take…” So love is always there for us, but to find it, we must sometimes give it. To receive more, we must sometimes give more. And when it is lost- not perceived at all-we must search, eyes and heart open. And we must look wide, not far, because the distance to love is minimal, the breadth of love spectacular.


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