Saturday, March 1

Hope

The last vestiges of winter linger in the dry colors of the landscape.  
The remnants of winter can be seen among the dead leaves scattered on the ground. 

I even see an occasional leaf still clinging to a dry branch 
as if making a stand that winter is his favorite season- 
as if it won't be over until he flutters to the earth.


But the earth itself speaks otherwise 
as it clings to the new life springing up
from the richness beneath the layer of death;


and the daffodil arms reach for the light;


as the dry branches push forth the very colors and shape of hope.


Winter has ruled, but now, 
cold and death fades into fragments
as buds begin to hint at the color within,

 

getting fatter by the day,
telling any who pass their way that hope abounds.


The birds seem content to rock in the swaying branches that whisper,
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.
Prov. 13:12

For there is hope of a tree,
If it be cut down, that it will sprout again,
And that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
Job 14:7



                                And so,
                                        the truth of life bursts forth in colors both bold and meek.




reminding us of the Life-Giver Himself. 


Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart,
All ye that hope in the Lord.  
Psalm 31:24


Pause and you will see 
life,


glory,


hope!



Jesus said, 
“I am the resurrection and the life.
 He who believes in Me, though he may die,
 he shall live."
John 11:25 

4 comments:

  1. Lovely post Sharon! It makes me yearn for spring, flowers, and warmer temperatures.

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  2. I love the aspect of God that is "Creator God". The names of God reveal to us all the different facets of His character and being: Redeemer, Savior, Friend, Intercessor, Morning Star, Great Physician, and more. You have captured the loveliness and grandeur of His marvelous creation here! Thank you, Sharon. Thank you for stopping by DRAH :) Multiplied blessings!

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  3. Longing for spring here in MN! Beautiful photos and a good reminder that the snow will eventually melt and the sun will shine warm again.

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  4. I am grateful that the LORD promised that spring will always follow winter. As long as the earth remains, He will give us the seasons in their turn. Daffodils are lovely--one of my favorite flowers!

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