433. Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. ~Thomas Merton

Frilly pink petals
Above a sea of green
Now whole are they
And full of beauty
But soon thye’ll be only remnants
Of an alluring aroma
Held captive briefly by the wind
~Natalie Scarberry

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Speaking of pink, the flowers called Pinks (Dianthus) are (in almost all species) pale to dark pink.  They typically have a frilled or pinked margin which comes from the verb “pink” that dates from the 14th century and means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern.”  Some have a delicious spicy fragrance which could be why one species of pinks has been long been called sweet william and also why it attracts bees, birds, and butterflies.  Many legends purport to explain how sweet william acquired its English common name, but to date none has been verified.  On a “sweet” side note, at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton included sweet william in her bouquet as tribute to her bridegroom.

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Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.  ~Psalm 103:1   ✝

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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 to be a feather on your holy breath and spread, like seeds, the gospel abroad.

**Song of the Pink Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker
**Flower photos via Pinterest

13 thoughts on “433. Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. ~Thomas Merton

    • Thanks, Lorrie. I am a bit better. Enough so that I was able to do a little in the yard yesterday and today. But Now I need to rest my arm again for a few days. I pray all is well with you. Hugs, Natalie 🙂

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      • I keep you in my thoughts Natalie 🙂 and thank you for your prayers…I had a little rough patch but I am back on track 🙂 Have a super beautiful day <3. Lorrie

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  1. Love the quote by Merton–I have tended my share of dianthus–especially years ago when we lived in our first home—when my son was a little boy–we’d plant containers of the Sweet Williams as well as salvia to draw the butterflies and hummingbirds—thank you for pulling back those memories out of the dusty dark recesses of my mind 🙂
    Hugs—Julie

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