As we gather in this springtime of marbles and piracies, 
hop-scotch and jump-rope, we look forward to the coming 
summer – the lengthening of the days, and the warmth of promise. 

But we remember also the winter just gone, and the seeming 
barrenness of the sleeping earth, and we think too of the seasons 
and faces of the past: people and places that have touched our 
lives – whether through friendship and support, or simply because 
the knowledge of their existence is itself an encouragement. 

And in remembering those whose dedication has shaped our lives, 
we are aware too of the wider influence we have, as we as 
individuals and as community touch the lives of those around 
us, through our own initiatives and through the wider causes 
which we support. 

May our interactions amongst ourselves and with others be infused 
with the increasing light, so that those we meet may likewise take 
joy in this puddle-wonderful world. 

To the sweet spontaneous earth, for all its riches and wonders, 
we breathe our thanks, grateful too for the knowledge that, 
whatever happens, Spring is with us still. 

May its joyous message of awakening lighten our hearts and 
enliven our steps throughout the coming seasons. 

The images are taken from the poetry of E. E. Cummings: ‘in Just- spring’ and ‘o sweet spontaneous’

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