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Robert L. “Bob” “Orpalo” “Tudoc” Valerio, 85, died June 30, 2019, in Seattle.
Perspectives: Spring: Resilience and deep roots


Spring began this week. There is a sigh of relief all over town. This warm weather has given us a glimpse of the season to come.

Whichever way you look at it — Spring is a remarkable time of year. Those plants buried for months under the cold earth will show themselves and soon we’ll see the pretty pastels of the season.

Spring teaches us a great deal about God’s love and faithfulness. Humans have many shortcomings, but we also have resilience. With resilience, we can start over, learn to accept a helping hand, become people of hope — if we don’t get in our own way.

Resilience, redemption and renewal. These are gifts from God. Gifts that task us to do the work — often the hard work — of gaining wisdom, becoming our authentic selves, and really enjoying the one life we have been given.

In the Spring when planting begins, we dig deep into our compost bins and pull out the rich soil, worms and beetles and all.

As we dig around our soul’s compost, in the dark recesses of our humanness, we find our sins and failures. It is the place where we find the dregs of our mistakes. We also find God there.

Releasing the grip of gloom, we can find something growing in that darkness because parts of us survive and thrive against all odds.

Jesus’ good news is that no matter how hard and how deep we fall, we can get up again and again. Spiritually, we make use of that rich soil and begin anew. In this rich organic matter, there are places where we learn more about ourselves.

With the wisdom of self-knowledge, we become kinder, less judgmental and more patient.

We learn what triggers our fear, anger and distrust. Our resilience, redemption and renewal come from this confidence, peace of mind, and trust in ourselves and in God. None of us handle betrayal and deceit easily, but with wisdom it is possible to separate the chaff from the grain.

As we tend the inner gardens of our souls, it will pay off in the bounty of kindness, love and peace. Fish do not drown in the water; birds do not fall from the sky. God’s love attends to our spirit. It is the spirit in us, the touch of God, that nourishes us and helps us grow with wisdom in rich, fertile soil.

With Christ as our Eternal Spring, we can be filled with renewed hope, inspiration and fresh perspectives.

Margie Adams is staff chaplain of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.