Despite waking up to snow covered driveway, Spring is here and I am feeling very hopeful about a lot of things. The house I grew up in finally sold so we can finalize Dad’s estate. Talk about a long process. Who knew estates could take so long to settle? Especially the estate of a man who virtually had nothing but the random pieces of junk he picked up at garage sales. I know mom is also relieved. Waiting for this moment has felt like eternity at times but yet I do see the wisdom in being able to slowly say goodbye. My mom had so much suddenly taken away that these last few years of waiting for her house to sell makes it easier for all of us to come to terms with many things and be at complete and total peace.
I’ve had many conversations with Mom since Dad died. We have finally found our groove living together. The downstairs is regarded as her living space, the main floor is our common area, and the upstairs is my space. Mom is not allowed in my bedroom and she needs not ask me permission to come and go from the house as she pleases. Yes, would you believe she used to ask my dad anytime she needed to go somewhere?
With Easter less than 2 weeks away and the house closing right before then, I cannot help but to ponder the meaning of it all, especially from a faith perspective.
The symbolic significance of Easter is so deeply personal to me that the celebration of Christ’s resurrection goes beyond just the holiday. Instead, I’ve been pondering a lot about areas in my own life I thought were dead yet I can feel a deep stirring that what was believed to be dead may actually be manifesting itself into a tangible reality – dormant seeds awakened by possibilities. And no, I’m not talking about unfulfilled dreams and hopes. I’m talking about seeds that are bigger than ourselves – seeds of purpose which define our lives by not what we have accomplished or accumulated but when harvested define our very being of what we were born to do while we are able to do so.
Sometimes this means having to walk through the darkness in order for God to redirect our heart towards true north, even if this means laying everything down. If anything, it is this strong sense that whatever comes my way in the future, all will be okay. And if I’m asked to let go of everything, I will be able to with no regrets knowing His plans for me are for good. All that I need is to be open and seeking guidance that I am not being led by my own will but hopefully God’s, and God’s alone. That is my hope, desire, and ongoing prayer.
With many of you preparing for your Easter celebration, I have a wonderful Spring recipe for you. It is a very simple and easy lemon tart. Preparing the lemon tart filling should only take you about 5 minutes and baking time is 35 minutes. Made with real fresh squeezed lemon juice, this tart is not only refreshing, it is a beautiful reminder how some of the best recipes to share with others are often the simplest to make.
Have a wonderful weekend!
- pre-made refrigerated pie crust or your favorite pie crust recipe
- fresh squeezed lemon juice
- lemon zest
- melted butter
- vanilla extract
- kosher salt
- powdered sugar, divided
- sour cream
- fresh raspberries
- Click here for the full Easy Lemon Tart Recipe from Alice's PBS Parents column today.