167. God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. ~James M. Barrie

I arise today
blessed by all things.
~John O’Donohue


The English poet, William Blake, once penned that all “the daughters of the year shall dance” in autumn and “sing the lusty song of fruit and flowers.”  I think it might be hard to find a much lustier song or livelier a dance than what the beauties above are lending to October’s opus.  As a part of the process of summer’s “slow disrobing” and the “summing up” before year’s end, their ordained and impassioned performances are undeniably spreading a magnificent and long lasting “common feast for all that live.”  From this rich banquet, the berries will remain on winter’s menu for birds who fly not elsewhere for warmer refuge.  The seeds in the lower right corner produced from flowers like the pink and blue morning glories will foster faith and hope for we mortals as they carry the promise of spring through winter’s cold and dark dominion.  The scarlet spots in the throat of the yellow Canna will bleed thoughts of Christ into our awareness as we look forward to celebrating His birth in deep December.  And the scent and sight of the inimitable rose will take its usual place in memory whilst not in bloom.

I will perpetuate Your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise You for ever and ever.  ~Psalm 9:6  ✝

7 thoughts on “167. God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. ~James M. Barrie

  1. Pingback: 167. God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. ~James M. Barrie | Sacred Touches

  2. Wonderful post as usual, Natalie. I spend a lot of my time in my garden and just cannot imagine not having one. I’m with Thomas Moore on this one – “The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden.” I also feel a certain sense of inner peace when being next to the soil. ~ Amelia 🙂


    • Oh absolutely, Amelia. I hope to never have to give my garden no matter how old I get. I am having to hire some help with the heavy things these days, but I have to be able to potter around in my garden year round. Now that my son-in-law has built me a greenhouse, I get to plant things in pots and have flowers off and on all winter long. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and for you kind words about my post. Blessings, Natalie


  3. The quote is so fitting to your post today. I just wish roses grew healthier here. I have three rose bushes and they are as disease free as I could get. I do enjoy the rose gardens in Canada, but they are heavily treated. No life flutters or flies around them. That kinda defeats the purpose of something so beautiful.


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