FLOWER GARDENS

O Lord God, we give you thanks for flowers.
Yesterday we bought plants and seeds
for a window box and for the garden.
When we walked past lilies in the garden,
we were reminded of Christ’s rising.
Flowers at funerals remind of your care.
Flowers lift our spirits and inspire us.
We delight in picking flowers
to share with those who are sick
and to decorate the house.
Thank you, Lord God, for flowers
that remind us of your love.  Amen.

Song of Solomon 2:12
The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

John 20:14-16a
When she had said this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus.  Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?  Whom are you looking for?”  Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary!” 

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THIS LITTLE LIGHT

O Lord God, when I was a child
in the nursery class in Sunday School,
we sang, “This Little Light of Mine”
and held up our pointer finger.
My grandfather minister told the teacher
that children couldn’t understand
what that song was about.
It seemed perfectly clear to me then.
Sometimes children understand things
that adults can’t explain.
O Lord God, you understand us
as children and as adults.
Thank you for being with us
all our lives long.  Amen.

John 8:12
Again Jesus spoke to them saying; “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”

Song:  “This Little Light of Mine

LIFE

Ah, Lord, yesterday was doctor and dentist day.
The body is wearing out.
When you walked on earth
you healed some people,
but said that that was not your main business.
When you headed for Jerusalem
you had something else in mind
that was more important.
You gave your life
so that we might have spiritual life.
Thank you, Lord.  Thank you for life.  Amen.

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

A SUNNY DAY

A SUNNY DAY

Lord, the natural world
is a continuing source
of interest and inspiration.
After days of rain,
the wrens are happy
with water in the birdbath.
Water droplets line the leaves
of the daylily like a crystal necklace.
The sun goes in and out
among puffy clouds
that dot the deep blue sky.
The intricacies of nature
are a continuing source
of inspiration.
Thank you, Lord, for all the gifts
of your creation.  Amen.

Genesis 1:1
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

FOOD

O Lord, in our old age,
we are fortunate;
our meals are prepared
and we have choices.
Food is such an important
part of life.
People spend hours cooking
in restaurants or at home.
Some people over eat,
and some people do not eat enough.
But Lord, you pointed us
beyond physical food
to food for the spirit.
Thank you, Lord, for teaching us
the way that leads to life. Amen.

Luke 12:23
“For life is more than food, and the body more than raiment.”

John 6:27
“Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life.”

AN INSPIRATION

Lord, another gray day of 72 degrees.
A perfect day for weeding.
Not many gardeners out.
The red and yellow roses,
water iris, and pink anemones
are in full bloom:
Each flower, a miracle of beauty.
Gardens are a source
of inspiration, Lord.
They remind of all your good gifts.
Thank you.
Luke l2:27
Consider the lilies, how they grow:  they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

James 1:17  King James Version
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

GARDEN IDYLL

Lord, the sun is bright at 8:00 o’clock.
It’s going to be hot.
Iris, roses, daisies, phlox, bleeding heart,
and pansies greet the sun.
I am here to plant a yellow petunia
and dahlias received as gifts
on Mother’s Day.
Traffic goes by on the street below.
A half-moon shines in the blue sky.
Nature is still: no wind.
The wren goes in and out of her house.
A catbird watches from the fence.
A sparrow drank from the birdbath
and flew off.
A perfect day in the garden.
Thank you, Lord.

Genesis 2:8
And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Ecclesiastes 2:5
I made myself gardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees.

Hymn: I Come to the Garden Alone