484. Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts. ~Dodinsky

The earth has received the embrace of the sun
and we shall see the result of that love.
~Hunkesni (Sitting Bull)

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The flowers in these photos are the result of another year’s embrace of the sun. It will be the remembrance of them and the haunting songs of their colors, separately and collectively, that will lift my spirits when in the months to come we traverse winter’s “vale of grief.” If my memory of them should grow dim, I’ll have but to look heavenward and watch for them in the rising and the setting of the sun on days when a window in the gloom has been opened. In those moments when they streak the eastern or western horizon in a blaze of glory I’ll remember that as the earth tilts back toward the sun, the sun’s embrace will bring the flowers, their lovely colors, and their songs back to life. When they return and the air is filled with the music of many rhymes, my prayer is. . .

That the morning sun stir us with gladness from ours bed,
That the winds of March move us happily along the new year’s road,
That the rains of April renew our strength,
That the flowers and colors of May captivate our sight,
That the summer inflame our zeal,
That autumn’s colors stimulate our dreams,
That the silver moon make us wiser yet,
That the Lord keep us young at heart so that
we are full of life, laughter, song, and gratitude
for the holiness and goodness in all that the sun and His love embraces.
~Edited and adapted from a blessing by Fr. Andrew Greeley

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. ~Psalm 19:1-5    ✝

** I made the collage of flowers from images found on PInterest.

19 thoughts on “484. Flowers are those little colorful beacons of the sun from which we get sunshine when dark, somber skies blanket our thoughts. ~Dodinsky

  1. Oh, Natalie. What a wonderful post. Yes, winter’s vale of grief is not a nice thing for people who love gardens. Just today, I thought about how cheerful it’s been for me in recent weeks — being able to sit or lie down on my verandah and enjoy the garden, and visits from loved ones.

    I shall really miss the gardening season and we shall have to remind each other that it will return. Our winter is 6 months long, and the last one was hard for everyone, and especially for people who live with pain.


  2. Dear Natalie… tour beautiful post has inspired me a very simple haiku – I would like to dedicate to you – pour te remercier de mettre tant de beautés dans nos jours:

    are wonders

    les fleurs
    sont Miracles


    pour Natalie ♥


    • Comment très gentil de ta part, Frédéric! Merci beaucoup pour l’offre poétique qui est sorti de votre réponse à mes messages. Quel honneur que vous me remercier avec un morceau de votre poésie! Beaucoup d’amour et beaucoup de câlins, Natalie ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. the American Indians recognized the sun as a God who was the giver of all life on earth….without the sun, there was no life . Michner talks about it in his novel, Centenial a book you would love Nat if you haven’t read it. –Cliney


    • I should have known you’d know that, my little History guru! They were right. Without the sun there would indeed be no life on planet earth. Thanks for the recommendation on Michner’s book. Love you, missy Cline. N 🙂 ❤


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