Sunday, May 5, 2013


It's May and spring is bursting out all over! 
I wore a green pullover for my sunshine walk today. My neighbor Doug, tilling his garden next door, commented on its appropriateness to match the lavish display of Nature.

I didn't choose green for my sweater on purpose, but thought about it as I walked to the accompaniment of bird trills in tree tops and the almost overpowering fragrance of honeysuckle and lilac, my favorites.

I'm including the poem I've written below in my current book-in-progress
"STILL MORE: FLOURISHING ON MY SUMMIT" in chapter seven entitled "Nature Flourishes on my Summit"

It seems that suddenly my whole world has turned green! The grey, dull drab of winter has given way to spring almost overnight.
When I look out the picture window from my kitchen table over the woods and vales of the Shenandoah Valley, flourishing
greenery stretches as far as my eyes can see. After God's pyrotechnic-like display for several recent stormy, windy, cloudburst nights accompanied by hiding-under-the-blanket thunder boomers, new bursts of green everywhere make it seem as if I’m living in an Amazon rain forest.
I meditated on God's marvelous idea and design to give me eyesight and all of my senses so that I can enjoy what He has created.
I can feel the fresh
green, breathe it in, hear the wind rustle through the green leaves, even taste it (in salads)!

Thank You, Lord, that I am not colorblind but can appreciate the generous, artistic splashes of color in this world which You fashioned for Your glory and the pleasure of man and then sent him forth to cultivate it.

 I praise You, O Master Artist, for selecting the background color of green when you started painting Your Earth canvas.

It must surely be
one of His favorite creation colors
not only for splendor and beauty but
as a manifestation of life and growth:
"essential to production of carbohydrates
by photosynthesis."
It was God who thought up
that marvelous synthesis process
without which we could not live!

Look at the generous way
God lavishly splashes
green around:
laying a verdant carpet for me to walk on
providing it for animals and man to eat
decorating trees with
green in spring
displaying multi-hues of
green foliage
keeping ever
greens unchanged
to contrast with blankets
of white winter snow
embracing plants and flowers
green leafy arms
that can climb walls of buildings
while providing lettuce and spinach
for my nourishment.

What a sense of humor God must have
to grow green veggies in whimsical shapes
like asparagus, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts
and swish green into seaweed
in the ocean while floating green watercress
in quiet, fresh streams!

"The righteous will flourish and grow
into old age full of sap
and very GREEN"*
That means me!

Clothed in the righteousness of Christ
not in my own achievements
I should not be
like withered leaf and brown
but full of inner vitality
flowing from His dwelling in me
and I abiding in Him
flourishing like a green palm tree
bearing fruit in all seasons of my life.*

Since God is so partial to GREEN

then GREEN I aspire to be
full of Divine chlorophyll
to please Him joyfully!

*Psalm 92:12-15

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