Thursday, March 20, 2014

This is the day the Lord has made

Happy first day of spring!  

I am trying to be a less grumpy person. Really, I am.
It has been a challenge to remain upbeat and cheerful through this long and bitterly cold winter we've been having here in the Northeast.

When the first day of spring arrived today, it did so without daffodils and sunshine. Instead, we got a "wintry mix".

But it is too easy to grouse and grumble. And really, what do I have to complain about? Not much. I need to remember that.

The Handsome Husband and I drove home after having breakfast with friends at the Malta Diner this morning. (And wasn't that a delightful way to start an ordinary day? Yes, it was.) As I looked gloomily at the slushy landscape, I made a mental adjustment. These familiar lines from Psalm 118 came into my head:

This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

There have been many versions of hymns written based on these lines.
One traditional version was sung very beautifully at the royal wedding in 2011.

So if you, too, need a mental adjustment, listen to that version here. It's really lovely.

As for me, I may just treat myself to a small bouquet of tulips when I stop at the grocery store later today. After all, it is the first day of spring. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.