FLOWERS REMIND

Dear Lord, dandelions line the paths.
Children pick them for bouquets for mother.
Big brother delights in showing
how to curl stems in water.
Dandelions are the gold of childhood.
Violets and forget-me-nots
continue to give cheer
as daffodils fade.
Dear Lord, the succession of flowers
reminds us of your continuous care.
Thank you, Lord, for your love.  Amen.

Song of Solomon 2:12-13
The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.  The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.

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CURIOSITY

People are naturally curious, Lord.
If we weren’t, we would still be
in the Garden of Eden.
You made us that way.
What is your explanation?
Many inventions come on the market every day
because of someone’s curiosity.
It’s an enigma, Lord.
But no matter how much knowledge
we accumulate,
love is more important.
Your love, as shown by Christ’s sacrifice,
is our necessity.

1 Corinthians 13:8
Love never ends.  But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.

KINGDOM COME

O Father God, the daffodils are blooming.
Further north folks are having snow,
while we are having early spring.
Spring should inspire our national leaders
to work together for good,
instead of threatening each other.
Do they not look beyond the here and now
to your eternal kingdom?
Father God, give each of us
your Spirit of love for everyone
so that your kingdom
my come on earth,
and we may have peace in our time.

Matthew 6:10
Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Hymn:  It is Well with My Soul

FEBRUARY FLOWERS

“Oh who can make a flower?
I’m sure I can’t can you?”

Father God, on a warm day a few days ago,
my husband and I went to the garden
to see what was going on.
The daffodils were up about three inches.
A hyacinth was showing buds.
A weed with tiny blue flowers bloomed.
In the house African violets, an orchid,
and declining poinsettias bloom.
Cut flowers from a birthday celebration fade.
Father God, we give thanks for flowers.
Their beauty reminds us of our heavenly home
and your care which always surrounds.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

PERSPECTIVE

O Lord my God,
The older I get the more I wonder
that you care about  people
when there are so many of us.
We are like locusts covering the earth.
Yet we understand
that you care for each one
as a precious creation.
Today, help me to see each person I meet
as a special gift

Psalm 8:4-5
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.