25 February 2009

A Walk in His Gardens--Of Willows & Daisies

Spring will be here very soon---everyday that passes and every stroll that I take outdoors in God's creation reminds me that we're moving swiftly from winter's time of rest to the season of new life.
Soft, gray catkins on the bare branches of our willow.
Daphne Odora buds beginning to open into the very fragrant blossoms of early spring!
Clusters of buds on the plum trees in our family orchard waiting for that annual signal to break into beautiful white blossoms (repeat after me---no frost, no frost, no frost!)
Bead-like buds of the Pieris opening up into the white blossom clusters that mark the coming spring season.
Irises and Daffodils are taller but haven't blossomed yet; still every week brings new growth and it won't be much longer before they will add their beauty to the garden too.
Cheerful white and yellow daisies multiply daily on our too long meadow grass. Soon it will be time to mow the winter's growth but for now I take delight in their color and think of the daisy chains of the young.
Oh, Lord
Creator of the seasons
and Giver of life.
Thank you for bringing us safely through winter's storms
and thank you for the spring of new life and this annual rebirth of the earth.
You, who called all things into being
and who still holds our world in Your hands,
we ask that You grant Your children
a rebirth and renewal of their souls too so that we may share Your love to the world around us.

"O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all: the earth is full of Thy riches. Thou sendest forth Thy Spirit, they are created: and Thou renewest the face of the earth."

Psalms 104:24,30 KJV

Blessings, Aimee

Photos: Oregon Grape, Willow Catkins from last year (sorry try as I did, I couldn't get one good photo of this year's), Daphne Odora, Shiro Plum buds with raised garden beds, Pieris blossoms and daisies!

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