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Welcome Spring!


Our favorite Alfred Station-based writer celebrates the first day of a new season

  By Mary Gardner-Ruch

March 20th, 2023 is the Spring Equinox which is the point in time when the sun sits directly over the Earth’s equator as it heads northward.  Both hemispheres share the sun’s rays equally at the equinox, and night and day are roughly the same lengths.

Spring is marked by the return of sunshine, warmer weather, flowers, and birds.  Spring sports begin.  Even in this time of technology, an occasional child can be seen riding a bike or playing outside.  Walkers and joggers line the sides of the road. Panic sets in to lose those pounds gained over the winter months to get fit and trim for swimsuit season. 

The solar festivals, equinoxes, and solstices are generally considered pagan holidays, but they hold promise for Christians who believe God designed the seasons.  For believers, spring is a reminder that God is all about making things new. No matter what you believe, spring is a time of rebirth and renewal. 

Spring reminds us that we can start over.  We have hope for change and better things to come. So dust off the cobwebs, get out in the sunshine, listen to the birdsong, and welcome another season!

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