Spring Cleaning

by | Apr 25, 2024 | Uncategorized

The Easter Season reminds us of rebirth and regeneration. As we bask in the glow of the Lord’s resurrection, we witness God’s creation come alive once again with the dawn of another springtime.

Exiting the winter doldrums, nature provides greater warmth, combined with seasonal showers nourishing the earth. We experience new growth with blossoming buds, greening landscapes, and renewed inspiration with joy for the great outdoors. Spring also calls for physical labor to help steward God’s creation toward a bountiful harvest. Spring is God’s tangible example of His promise everlasting life after the “death” of winter.

Long Island is flush with nature’s bounty in the springtime. Our farmland out east will soon be ripe with fruit bursting on the vine. Although not known to many, the Long Island Farm Bureau proudly boasts that our region is home to the most profitable agricultural marketplace in New York State. Our East End vineyards account for the largest portion of our agricultural revenue. In addition to producing wine, according to Discover Long Island, the more than 90 combined vineyards and wineries on the Island are among the region’s greatest tourist attractions. In this season of rebirth, our Peconic Region farmsand vineyards are in the midst of spring cleaning.

Workers are now cleaning up after the winter months, removing debris and fallen leaves and readying the soil for new growth. They are uncovering and unwrapping vines from protective burlap coverings to once again allow the sun to nourish the plantings. Farm workers prune away broken and unproductive branches to foster healthy growth for the upcoming season. They repair and install the foundation of trellises and ground cover to support the pending new harvest.

What “dead wood” are you carrying with you out of winter’s darkness? What can you let go and clear out from your spirit to support new growth in your faith and your life?

Spring cleaning in the fields of our lives is the subject of this Sunday’s Gospel message. Join us for worship and listen to Jesus’ message about the vines and the branches. Experience the resurrection message. We gather this Sunday, April 28, 2024, at 9:30 AM at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 36 E. John Street, Lindenhurst.

Pastor Marc