It came early this year.
Those words stir up a flurry of dissonant emotion in me. On one hand, there is the weight and realization of all the work that needs to be done. Winter has taken its toll in the form of dead branches and debris scattered across the Ranch. Piles of this and that have accumulated while it was too cold to spend long days working in the barns. Messy aisles and dusty tack, wind knotted manes and fluffy winter coats that desperately need shed. Buckets and troughs that need scrubbed as temps thaw, and more mud and and muck than anyone knows what to do with.
But there is also the anticipation that comes as winter fades. New opportunities, new joy as the gray of winter gives way to the bright, green, new life of Spring. There is the deep satisfaction of projects completed and a hard day’s work. There is the pond coming to life with tadpoles and canoes, meandering ducks and boisterous geese. There is new growth unfolding on trees and pushing it’s way through the earth. Spring is such an invitation to hope.
This year we were blessed to host a work group from Lincoln Christian University. This group of college students gave up their Spring break to come and serve for a week at Refuge – and how they served! They rolled up their sleeves, pulled on their boots and got dirty. They demo’d and scrubbed and swung sledge hammers and hatchets. They cleared brush, hauled concrete, scooped poop, raked hay, and stained furniture. In the midst of the work we found a little time to play with the horses. They learned about ground work, some of the dynamics of the relationship between horse and human, and even had the opportunity to experience a session while some of our kids were invited to play the role of mentor.
They blew us away with their willing hands and hearts eager to serve! We could not be more full of anticipation for all that comes with a new season. New opportunities, new joy, new relationships, new life!
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