1364. The force of Spring – mysterious, fecund, powerful beyond measure. ~Michael Garofalo

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This morning I used a quote that talked of magic, and I was quickly reminded that Scripture warns us about the guiles of the dark arts. But if one consults a dictionary, he/she will find the definition which was my intent in using the word: magic (n.) a mysterious quality of enchantment; (adj.) mysteriously enchanting. For you see, Creation and the mystery of its Maker, so often enchant me with a reverent sense of awe and wonder especially when as if by magic Spring brings amazing arrays of beauty and splendor out of what once appeared to be stark nothingness. Here are some samples of the wondrous “magic” I found in my yard on this first day of spring.

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The year’s at the spring,
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in his Heaven—
All’s right with the world!
~Robert Browning

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How can I stand on the ground
every day and not feel its power?
How can I live my life stepping
on this stuff and not wonder at it?
~William Bryant Logan

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A garden is the mirror of the mind.
It is a place of life, a mystery of green,
moving to the pulse of the year,
and pressing on and pausing the whole
to its own inherent rhythms.
~Henry Beston

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Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden – in all the places. ~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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O God, from your life the fire of the rising sun streams forth.
You are the life-flow of creation’s rivers,
the sap of blood in our veins,
earth’s fecundity, the fruiting of trees, creatures’ birthing,
the conception of new thought, desire’s origin.
All of these are of you, O God, and I am of you.
~J. Philip Newell

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. ~Song of Songs 2:11-12   ✝

**All photos taken by Natalie

39 thoughts on “1364. The force of Spring – mysterious, fecund, powerful beyond measure. ~Michael Garofalo

  1. I think magic can be defined as ” that which makes things happen”, but that is energy right? But energy doesn’t have intention or will, and I think magic is energy with intention and will. Be it moved by man or god or something else is a question of religion, and that is up to the individual to determine, I think. 💖😊💖😊💖😊

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  2. Gorgeousness Lyricized 🙂

    (*^‿^*) ✫¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫ღ˚ •。* ˚ ˚✰˚ ˛…Happy World Poetry Day…~ ★* 。 ღ˛° 。✫¸.•°*”˜˜”*°•✫ (*^‿^*)

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  3. Simon the Sorcerer, a magician wanted to buy the right to perform the laying on of hands by which others were receiving the Holy Spirit (by the power given to them by the Lord) and He was rebuked by Peter with these words “May your silver perish with you because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money. You have no part or portion in this matter for your heart is not right before God.” It would seem that the heart is key. Before this incident, Simon had been astonishing the people of Samaria with his magic and they were saying of him “This man is what is called the Great Power of God, for he had long astonished them with his magic arts.” Essentially their results were similar if not identical but one was from God and the other was from Satan. Simon repented and asked the apostles to pray for him that the intention of his heart be forgiven. This is in Acts 8:9-25.

    May I add to this that so many of us for so long have been obsessed with the rules that were given to Israel (if they broke even one part of a law they were guilty of the entire law) that we can’t seem to comprehend that their law was a teaching law primarily to prepare the Jews for the coming Messiah but also He was teaching His grace and mercy to them. How? Because there was no forgiveness under the law He was teaching them that the law that would come as a result of the crucifixion of Jesus, with His blood the purchase price, would eventually provide them with the forgiveness they didn’t have under the law, and it would be because of their faith in the promise God made to Abraham. Since we came after the resurrection and our belief is IN Jesus we are told that our faith fulfills their faith by granting their forgiveness. This is how He was showing them grade and mercy.

    At one time God said that a day would come when His Word would be in the people’s heart and He would be their God and they would be His people. Motivation unless we are careful will be our downfall.

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  4. Wonderful photos, poems, and thoughts! I agree with your definition of “magic.” To me, it’s the mystery of God’s genius that fills me with awe and wonder. He is so great, so wonderful, and so beyond my comprehension! God bless you!!

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