I love these flowers.
They tempt nature by not blooming until the temperature begins to drop.
As trees lose their leaves, these flowers are still baby buds on the bush!
Knowing how beautiful they’ll be, I hold my breath and hope they’ll bloom.
Some years I’m lucky and rewarded with flowers, like the one above.
Other years an early freeze arrives, leaving flowers and buds dead on the ground.
This year, the bush took on nature’s dare and is filled with flowers!
I think it’s a good metaphor for all of us…
When winter nips at our hearts, we, too, have to dare to bloom:~)
This was my Japanese magnolia tree almost a month ago.
It had bloomed gloriously, but got hit by a freeze. This was the result.
I wanted to cry when I saw the tree, but I walked out and looked at it closely.
This is a picture of what I found. Can you see the green buds?
To me, this is an example of how nature nurtures hope.
It’s a good lesson for me and maybe you.
Sometimes, everything looks brown and dead.
And it’s easy to believe there’s no hope left.
But looks can be deceiving, as my Japanese magnolia proves.
Even in the darkest times, there is a bud of hope waiting to blossom.
Look for it!
The son of a friend of mine is critically ill. His name is Mark and he needs your prayers.
I believe healing prayers are powerful medicine and can be done with or without traditional religion. What matters most is the healing energy created when people, like you, take the time to send their caring and compassion to someone who is ill.
So, whatever your religion or belief, I’m asking you to share that healing energy today with Mark. I’d very much appreciate if you take a moment to stop and say a prayer for him and for his family. Thank you.