All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.
2 Chronicles 15:15

(sweet maple pods / Julie Cook / 2014)

Awaken buds and blooms, come dance with the wind.
Rejoice with triumphal fanfare, for all of Heaven proclaims Spring’s newness is at hand.

Hear now the sweet yet busy twills and chirps of excited birds rising across the sky.
A chaotic crescendo alerts all who may hear that Nature is now busy, for new life is soon at hand.

Soft demure colors tenderly shimmer in the sleepy morning light as the dew dotted grass sparkles like a thousand stars in a distant night sky

Winter’s dark glum shadows, finally vanquished. It is the triumphant shafts of light, penetrating the cold and dejected ground, which ring victorious.

Wake up, wake up all slumbering seed and nut– arise you who have been hidden deep– the sun now beckons all to come quickly her way.

Rejoice and be glad for all of earth’s splendor prepares to welcome a most happy and new day

“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say,
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day!
Lo! the dead is living, God, forevermore!
Him, their true Creator, all His works adore!
“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

Earth her joy confesses, clothing her for spring,
All fresh gifts returned with her returning King:
Bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,
Speak His sorrow ended, hail His triumph now.
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day.

Months in due succession, days of lengthening light,
Hours and passing moments praise Thee in their flight;
Brightness of the morning, sky and fields and sea,
Vanquisher of darkness, bring their praise to Thee!
“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

(Stanzas 1-3 taken from the hymn: ‘Welcome, happy morning age to age shall say’
Written by Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus, in or around the year 570 AD