304. The sun has come out…and the air is vivid with the coming spring’s light. ~Adapted excerpt from Byron Caldwell Smith

Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air…
To let Life in, and to let out Death.
~Violet Fane

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Blow, Breath of heaven, blow!  Blow through the land and over the waters.  Carry away death’s dark vapors and let life in.  Let every mountain, plain, and valley break forth in gladness.  Let the “wild warm air” of coming spring spark life in every nook and cranny.  Let the ceaseless waves of the seas and the rushing currents of rivers roar with renewed passion for life.  Let the clouds suckle earth’s waters and send rain from heaven to moisten the earth and let loose her flowering.  Let life, whole and vibrant, dazzle us anew.  Blow, sweet Breath of heaven, blow!  Blow through Your children and take us down to the bottom of our souls where You, O God, the Breath of all things, are present “deep within all that has life.”  We who have traversed icy winter’s dark domain yearn to feel your warmth and vitality course in us and all of life again.  We long for earth and sky’s vast array of bright colors to take away winter’s preponderance of grays and browns.  O Holy One, come; let us see You “in every emanation of Creation’s life.”  We give you glory and thanks for all that You are, for Your ever-lasting goodness and never-ending love, “for creatures stirring forth,” “for plant forms stretching and unfolding,” “for the stable earth and its solid rocks.”  O blessed Breath of heaven, arise and blow life afresh through Eden’s gates!  (Quoted phrases from SOUNDS OF THE ETERNAL by J. Philip Newell)

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.  ~Psalm 33:6   ✝

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11 thoughts on “304. The sun has come out…and the air is vivid with the coming spring’s light. ~Adapted excerpt from Byron Caldwell Smith

  1. Pingback: 304. The sun has come out…and the air is vivid with the coming spring’s light. ~Adapted excerpt from Byron Caldwell Smith | Sacred Touches

  2. gorgeous colors! Love the contrast of the jay and the hot pink—
    San Antonio is quite crowed–more so than I imagined for a Wednesday—lots of kids so I’m suspecting perhaps spring break for many districts near and far—our’s is not until the first of April. A little windy but the sun is shining—when we left Atlanta it was raining—I’ve gotten some great shots already–especially of ducks and pigeons–imagine that 😉
    Hope all is well–I especially like the line form the poem–“carry away death’s dark vapors and let life in.” so many folks need to let life in!!!!
    Hugs—travelin cookie

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  3. Natalie, I love your post and the pictures, lovely flowers and blue jay! I have not had a chance to visit you in awhile, we lost our son in law in a freak auto accident. He was 29 and married to my daughter for 10 years, they were high school sweethearts, known him since he was 15. He was like a son to my wife and I, we love him dearly. He had just had a birthday and finished his masters degree.
    I saw your posted on Julie’s site, thank you so much for keeping me in your prayers, we all really need it right now. I am trying to play a little catch up on my blog, emails and comments, went in my shop yesterday to help take my mind off things.

    God bless you Natalie,
    Michael

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