Green Box

Albert E. Farley

 March is the month of Spring in our Northern Hemisphere. Spring is not only the time when our clocks spring forward one hour but also when there is a renewed sense of spring in our minds and in our steps.

 Although we received another 6 inches of snow last night (on top of the deep snow already on the ground), there is a sense of thaw in the air. I can see it in the activity of the birds in Nonie’s crabapple tree in our front yard. A flock of robins arrived a few days ago and are eagerly pecking and pulling the hundreds of dried crab apples from their leafless limbs. The Lord cares for the fowl of the air. My birdfeeder is also there, and I can already see that the birds are beginning to pair off and lay claim to certain trees and areas of the yard. I heard the first bird song of the year the other morning. The crocuses will soon poke their heads through the snow. Solomon spoke of this in his Song: “The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle (dove) is heard in our land.” (2:12)

 There is a renewed sense of activity in our congregations as well. I am receiving information about upcoming lectureships, gospel meetings, fellowship days, and sings. These last snowy days of winter are perfect for VBS planning, too. We encourage everyone to make optimistic (yet realistic) plans and preparations for a fruitful summer and fall, if it be the Lord’s will.

 Our circulation for our February mailing showed a slight increase to 2,876 copies. Some individuals and congregations have revealed a need to cut back their purchase of the paper. We understand this. However, we believe there are many who have never received the paper but who would profit by it. Please help to get the word out by showing your paper to others. Thank you for your prayers and help. Albert.

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