In my back yard, the tulips have opened up, the trees are beginning to unfurl their leaves, and the lilac buds are hinting of their soon-to-be fragrance.

The presence of new life around me is a perfect antidote for my spirits, especially when I find myself dwelling on scarcity, rather than abundance. Amidst my insecurities, scarcity has a tendency to creep into my head, causing me to circle the wagons and clench my fists as I attempt to hang on to that which I claim as mine.

Thank you to Spring to reveal the abundance of God’s creation…and to remind me that all creation is God given… and all creation is God loved.

The following prayer from Henri Nouwen hits the mark.

Dear God,
 I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when
I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand
before you with empty hands? Please help me to gradually
open my hands and to discover that I am not what I own,
but what you want to give me. And what you want to give me
is love—unconditional, everlasting love.


Fred Stoltz, Sr. Program Director
The James Company
(414) 690-3426