Sunday, September 30, 2012

Seeing things in perspective


We were at Floriade during the week and it's pretty easy to be envious of such a triumph of tulips but the single lonely stem in my garden this year has given me great joy.

Reflection:
Psalm 73:21-24 The Message (MSG)
"When I was beleaguered and bitter,
totally consumed by envy,
I was totally ignorant, a dumb ox
in your very presence.
I’m still in your presence,
but you’ve taken my hand.
You wisely and tenderly lead me,
and then you bless me."

Participating in Psalm Challenge 73 with Robert and others over at Athen's Daily photo.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Bursting


Such glorious weather. The grass is mowed and the garden spring cleaning begun. But I pause the hear the bees hum among the blossom and watch the little birds fidget among the fresh green leaves.

Reflection:
From Psalm 72 (The Message)
Give the gift of wise rule to the king,
O God, the gift of just rule to the crown prince.
... Be rainfall on cut grass,
 earth-refreshing rain showers.
Let righteousness burst into blossom
 and peace abound until the moon fades to nothing.

Participating in Psalm Challenge #72.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Your mighty acts


This week Spring broke out in its full exuberance and the sun shone warm.  It feels so good. My heart sings for joy at the cycle of seasons.


Reflection:
Psalm 71:18 New International Version (NIV)
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.

Participating in Psalm Challenge #71 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Good times, bad times


The Japanese quince is such a lovely thing in spring and such a prickly pain the rest of the year. The light was very bright when I was taking this, making the photo a splotchy range of light and dark contrasts.  Has me thinking of good times and bad times, like this week's psalm, the Lord is there in all times.

Reflection:
Psalm 70:4-5 New International Version (NIV)
"But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who long for your saving help always say,
“The Lord is great!”
But as for me, I am poor and needy;
come quickly to me, O God.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Lord, do not delay."

Participating in Psalm Challenge #70 with Robert in Greece.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Spring


There is never a more heartening time in the garden than spring.  The calendar ticked over to spring this week but the earth told me anyway ... there are daffodils smiling cheerfully all over the place and though the nights and days are sometimes still very chilly they are interspersed with times of delightful warmth.

Reflection:
Psalm 69:34 King James Version (KJV)
"Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein."

Robert at Daily Athens Photo has returned from his break so I am now skipping back to the Psalm number of his weekly challenge.  This week #69.