1058. The poetry of the earth is never dead… ~John Keats

Let us love winter, for
it is the spring of genius.
~Pietro Aretino

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Scripture tells us that God  rested on the 7th day, and so we see that He deems rest as an essential element of well being. Earth’s life cycles would simply not be sustainable without rest, and that’s what winter is designed for. This rhythm of restfulness and  then liveliness is visible in more than just springtime’s revival though; for example, we see it in the yielding of daylight to darkness, wakefulness to sleep, and noisiness to silence. Relaxation leads to revitalization and health, and that’s why Creation’s repetitive patterns of repose and continuation have been described as the holy rituals of sacred restful sacraments. Although loving winter, especially when we are in its most extreme throes, is challenging, the good news is that Yahweh, the lovable Genius behind winter, built into it things that keep us hopeful. One such thing is this lenten rose that I found blooming near my back fence. In the already cleared ground and warmed by autumn’s leafy debris its pink flowers are rising above the foliage and standing there “pretty as a picture” as they say. Perhaps the hellebore bloomed a bit earlier than usual because what little winter we’ve had here has been mild, very mild so far. It’s just early February and yet there were days last week and more coming next week with highs in the mid-to-high 70‘s. Thus my wondrous, little lenten rose is truly a “verse” of poesy penned by the now sleeping earth, and it is manifest proof that “the poetry of the earth” is, as Keats said, never dead.

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. ~Genesis 2:2-3  ✝

11 thoughts on “1058. The poetry of the earth is never dead… ~John Keats

  1. ooo, I need to go see if mine have popped up—they are hidden away so I usually only see them when the leaves are all off the japanese maple and I’m schlepping out the hose which hides out behind the small but ever widening tree—your pictures are gorgeous..I’ve kind of lost my zeal of hunting out things around the yard to take pictures of…I need Spring to come along which I hope will jump start my enthusiasm 🙂

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  2. What a resilient Lenten flower blooming in its pile of leaves. The rose is a wonderful example of special miracles. Every day God shows us His hand upon our hearts and lives. Sometimes He allows “bad” things but I look towards the Gifts he bestows upon us. ♡♡ THANK YOU for the incredible photos, Natalie. xo

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