Happy Easter, Happy Passover, Happy Season of Growth

Happy Easter, Happy Passover, my friends, may you feel loved, safe and comforted.

Happy Spring and season of growth. It’s a chaotic and unpredictable and transitional time and who knows in what surprising ways we will come to share our light and verdancy.

I love this “Easter Hymn for Earth” by Jan Phillips. This is my very favorite part:

Let us rise, let us pray, let us sing.
Let us take this suffering world into our arms
and rock and rock and rock.


Yes, let us take this world into our arms and rock, rock rock! Hallelujah and much love to each and every one of you as you make sense of the energies within our upside-down world.

Hope there are few jelly beans, chocolate eggs or macaroons to sweeten the deal.


Hallelujah! They have risen!
Snowdrop, crocus, bearded iris.
Exult and throw your happy arms upward!
The trillium carpet the forest floor.
The tulips, triumphant in rainbow rows,
rise up singing “our cups overflow.”
The creatures dress in their feast-day finest,
the loons and penguins in black tie and tux.
Hallelujah ushers forth from lips and beaks
as quacks, warbles, howls and hoots
fill the forests and fields with hymns of joy.

Let the Earth be glad and the sky shower praise
for the riot of color in her cloak of glory:

Purple Martin, Scarlet Tanager,
Red-winged Blackbird, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher,
Great Blue Heron, Snowy Egret,
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Indigo Bunting.

It is right to give thanks and to pray for the endangered,
relatives among us but not for long:

Bengal Tiger, Blue Whale, Leatherback Sea Turtle,
Asian Elephant, Javan Rhinoceros, Mountain Gorilla,
Snow Leopard, Red Wolf, California Condor.

It is fitting that we mourn our relations now extinct-
though the list is long, let us name a few:

Chinese River Dolphin, Japanese Sea Lion,
Caribbean Monk Seal, Cascade Mountain Wolf, Sardinian Lynx,
Bali Tiger, Mexican Grizzly, Eastern Cougar, Black Rhinoceros,
Koala Lemur, Barbary Lion, Laughing Owl.

For all that dies and rises, we bend our knee.

As creatures of the Cosmos, progeny of the Universe,
we give thanks and rejoice for the Flame within us.
With the bald eagles and hairy frogfish,
with the furry kittens and spiny hedgehogs,
with the runny-nosed bison and red-nosed reindeer
we stand in awe as Earth spins, tides change,
hearts beat, eyes see, hands comfort.

We who believe in Life give Life.
In adoration, we sing, we bow,
we weep tears of joy and anguish.

This feast marks the life of a prophet
who said, we’re told, more than once,
“What you see me do, you can do, and more.”
That is what this praise is for.

What rises today and every dawn
are these words that remind us:
There is nothing in the world we cannot do.

Let us rise, let us pray, let us sing.
Let us take this suffering world into our arms
and rock and rock and rock.


~Jan Phillips 2017

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