428. Summer looks out from her brazen tower, through the flashing bars of July. ~Francis Thompson

Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays.
~Robert Louis Stevenson

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The round, golden face of the great sun began flooding our prairie with its wide showers during June’s infancy. The siege steadily intensified until it broke like a fever a few days ago and our temps fell below the century mark. Then with only a fortnight left in July, clouds moved in, thunder rolled, lightning flashed, and blessed rain fell. The showers didn’t last long, but the landscape soaked up what there was of the precious liquid and things seemed discernibly greener within minutes. The next day the thunder grumbled shortly after daybreak, and following close on its heels rain began to fall off and on. For the first time in months the fierce summer sun has been shrouded all day in the soft grayness of this drippy day. There were no high winds nor hard-driving downpours, just moments here and there of a light rain to drizzle.

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Peace was prevalent inside the house and out all day long, and rest became the order of the day. Though there were household chores that needed to be done, I found myself guiltlessly sitting and staring at the grass and flower beds out my big patio window. Even the yard cats remained listlessly curled up in a corner of the porch and only meowed twice for food. They were apparently as content as I to do next to nothing. Few birds moved around the yard while it was raining, and the ones that did venture out were much less lively than usual.

DSC_0036Thankfully, after it was all said and done, the temperature climbed only into the high 70’s. That level of coolness won’t last, but as long as it does the “blue and glowing days” of summer will be significantly more tolerable hereabouts. So I praise God “for the wisdom that fashioned the universe” and that our misery has again been tempered by His mercy.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort. . . ~2 Corinthians 1:3   ✝

Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace! Like Saint Hildegard Lord, may I too be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

10 thoughts on “428. Summer looks out from her brazen tower, through the flashing bars of July. ~Francis Thompson

  1. Yes the lower humidity is most welcomed and odd—Fall like in the middle of July—Ice age eh? Maybe that explains the acorns—gearing up! Supposedly we are marked for rain this weekend–I’ll believe it when I see it!!
    Beautiful shots as always—and beauty in the reflective prose!!
    Happy fall like days in July 🙂
    Hugs–Julie

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  2. High 70s is a heatwave here Natalie – we’re forecast that today and have had government warnings about the temperatures and making sure we drink enough! Tomorrow thunderstorms are expected, although we have clearly had some heavy rain overnight. On the plus said our little garden is beautifully green.

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    • Oh my goodness, you have government warnings for 77 degrees. Soon we’ll probably be seeing upwards of 110
      and yes we have to be sure to drink lots of water here in Texas this time of year. I sure would rather have your temps. We were in Great Britain last summer and I loved the weather!!! Blessings and hugs, Natalie 🙂

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