“The nature of This Flower is to bloom.”—Alice Walker
These irises bloom only for a day. It seems that while it is happily in bloom, it thinks not of tomorrow. It experiences freedom in the present moment.
“A flower has a short life span, yet it offers itself wholeheartedly to others. It offers its own nectar to the bees — and this brings happiness.” -Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)
There’s a scripture:
“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15
But I think “The Book of Nature” also has its gospel. I think this flowering dogwood is saying “yes”.
“Dear seasons that pass over our fields and through our hearts, you are the word of God spoken to us from the cathedral of the great outdoors. Stir up our love for life. Fill us with joy and passion, wisdom and stillness. Reveal to us our own endurance, patience, and ability to trust. Lead us into reflection and solitude as we move through the years held in the arms of mystery. Teach us to say “Yes” to the unfolding work of the Creator in our lives.”
—from “Circle of Life” by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr
“Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”—Martin Luther
This sprouting leaf reminds me of the blessed assurance that
“Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.
Love never ends”
—1 Corinthians 13
“God is love” – 1 John 4:7
after suffering or winter comes the spring
At the pond,
I went out on a quest
I did see ~fleetingly~
hundreds of frogs hopping,
leaving water jewels on pads
evidence of their having been there
I asked them
if any would sit still
so I could take closer looks
but NONE would after much pleading
even though I told them I don’t eat frogs
Continue reading Frog Scriptures
“We can learn from nature
the art of praising God
Stand beside something that is already praising God.
Let the sacredness of that prayer seep into your being.
All that is drawn to God is drawing you with it.”
© Sr. Macrina Wiederkehr, “Abide, Keeping Vigil with the Word of God”, Liturgical Press
Continue reading Expressions of Tenderness
From the Book of Nature, all paths lead towards the One…
“Reading Scripture is a way of going to “the inexhaustible wellspring by which God gives himself to thirsting human beings” (Origen, third century). The Bible is a “letter from God to creatures” that enables them to discover God’s heart in God’s words.” (Gregory the Great, sixth century)
—Brother Roger of Taize, “Prayer for Each Day.”