April In Wisconsin

God of Spring,
We know that you’re out there, somewhere;
we just can’t seem to find you. You don’t
seem to live in Wisconsin.

Come, fill us with your light and warmth.
You tempted us sometimes with double
the normal temperature. Please, don’t
tease us.  We know that You are our light
and our warmth. In You we reside and
rely.  Just share some of that great warmth
with us Wisconsin folks, please?
I find that people are nicer and more
welcoming when pleasant weather abounds.
It sounds sad to say it that way but,
I guess that it’s true. I admit it even
about myself.

Lord, I want my attitude, my disposition,
my words and deeds to be reflective
of Your unconditional love for us.
And not be weather dependent, whatever
the weather may be.

Your warmth can embrace our dank,
March and April nights. Your kindness
can fill our cloudy March and April skies.
Make us more warming in these seemingly
unending winters. Make us more welcoming
during the days when it’s warm one moment
and windy the next.

Make us more loving, Lord. After all, you’ve told us that we’re your barometer in this world.  We control the temperature when gossip begins, when tempers flair and when anger or frustration becomes an easy solution.  We are your barometer in this broken, fragmented, cool and cloudy world of ours.

Be our warmth. Be our sun. Be our moderate weather. With Your help, may it is always 68 degrees, partly sunny with a slight chance of rain in our minds and hearts; but only in the morning; and then clear skies throughout the afternoon and evening hours.

Perhaps Wisconsin can be Camelot after all!
Thank You God.

Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

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About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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