Camellias add a gentle touch to cold, dark winter days. Reflection: Psalm 112:4 New International Version (NIV) "Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous."
Autumn has moved into the winter sleep but I wanted to hang into it's beauty just a little longer. Reflection: Psalm 111:10 New International Version (NIV) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.
I have already shown shots of the firewheel tree this season. For some reason it has flowered freely this year with some on low branches so I could get a shot in situ, which I have never been been able to do before. It's an unusual flower which because of this week's Psalm is reminding me of crowns. Reflection: Psalm 110 The Message (MSG) The word of God to my Lord: “Sit alongside me here on my throne until I make your enemies a stool for your feet.” You were forged a strong scepter by God of Zion; now rule, though surrounded by enemies! ... The King-Maker put his King on the throne; the True King rules with head held high!
This week we reach Psalm 109. What a shocker -- full of curses. I guess that was David's way of handling the difficulties at hand before turning to his Lord. I remember one of my school friends writing in my autograph book "When you reach the end of your tether, tie a knot and hang on." Reflection: Psalm 109:21 The Message (MSG) "Oh, God, my Lord, step in; work a miracle for me—you can do it! Get me out of here—your love is so great!— I’m at the end of my rope."
Come let your soul sing a God-song with me. Reflection: Psalm 108 The Message (MSG) "I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe. Ready to sing, ready to raise a God-song: “Wake, soul! Wake, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!”