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A close up of the rhododendron that I posted yesterday.  It's a very hardy common variety but that doesn't make me like its lovely colour any less.

Regarding these being early this year I checked and they are certainly a month earlier but most other flowers are 2-3 weeks later. I have no explanation.

Luke 18:9-14 (The Message)
He told his next story to some who were complacently pleased with themselves over their moral performance and looked down their noses at the common people: "Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Pharisee, the other a tax man. The Pharisee posed and prayed like this: 'Oh, God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, crooks, adulterers, or, heaven forbid, like this tax man. I fast twice a week and tithe on all my income.'
"Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, 'God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner.'"
Jesus commented, "This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God. If you walk around with your nose in the air, you're going to end up flat on your face, but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself."


  1. It may be common, but it's still so beautiful!

  2. your brilliant linking of the lowly taxman
    and the glorious but hard working azalea
    hit me in the gut.

    thank you.


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