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  • Writer's pictureDebbie Reeve


Updated: May 3, 2021

Can you feel that inner excitement when you smell spring in the air? That deep inhale that makes you feel lighter?

I remember our first spring back in Toronto after 4 years in Indonesia and there was an unusual smell that was familiar but that I could not identify. It had just rained and there was this earthy smell that I recognized as the distinct smell of home.

And then it hit me. It was worms. I never realized worms had a smell until that moment. Worms never smelled so good. It was the smell of home.

I painted the picture above (The Promise 36"x24") after the first long winter home after many years of living in the tropics. I was initially attracted to the beautiful sunset as it illuminated the trees in the background, but as I painted it I was amazed by how much beauty I saw in the muted browns of awakening spring.

There was that lifting of the winter blahs; that heaviness of a seamless eternity of winter in the Canada lands and the expectation that warmer weather was just around the corner and the world around us would burst forth in fresh, vibrant colour and budding fragrance.

As I was deciding on a title for the finished painting The Promise of Spring seemed to offer an even deeper symbolic meaning. It was the promise of something greater to come, just around the corner that brings that feeling of excitement and offers sought after hope. Our hope of heaven. Our hope for our eternal home. For those who know God it is our hope to be finally reunited with Jesus in a face-to-face encounter. It reminded me of this verse:

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. I Cor 13:12

Who doesn't long for heaven? An end to aging, death, pain and misery, isolation and Covid!?

As we approach this Easter Season we are reminded that it is because of Easter that we can have this Promise, this hope.

I've been particularly touched by this song recently and I think it is very timely for Easter. This particular version was recorded right in front of the place in Israel believed to be the Tomb of the Risen Christ.

Be Blessed dear friends,

Warren and Debbie

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