God, I stood in the dark on my patio this morning in just my cotton nightgown. I looked at the clouds, the stars winking through their gaps, and felt the cool air on my skin. My cat threaded his way around my ankles, lingering his tail on my skin, mewing softly as if to say, yes, look, isn’t it beautiful?

George Ponders – Alicia Hager

The trees are starting to change, the air is growing cooler, the night is longer as we stand on the edge of the equinox. It feels hard to believe that all of this green and verdant life will be gone in just weeks.

Maybe gone isn’t the right word. Resting, sleeping, hibernating, waiting for resurrection?

Does nature mirror your divine rising? Overcoming death once more as the sap quickens and the tender blades of grass reach again for the sky?

As we ponder these divine mysteries help and equip us to lead and to serve your holy family -which is the whole world. Give us patience when we are frustrated, rest when we are tired, inspiration and soft cat tails in the early morning hours.

May we live abundantly in the green now, trusting that your way is always to provide.


Alicia Hager resides in West Michigan and is a Postulant to the Sacred Order of Priests in the Episcopal Church. Alicia enjoys spending time with her daughters and her husband, is bonkers about her cats, and blogs at astrawberrypointe.wordpress.com.

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