Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pearls of Wisdom

"But to man He said, "Behold, the reverential
and worshipful fear of the Lord-that is Wisdom;
and to depart from evil is understanding."
Job 28:28

Job is the story of one man's remarkable and
unshakable faith in the midst of adversity. 

"You shall love your neighbor
as you do yourself."
Matthew 22:39

 “I'm still discovering, right up to this moment,
 that it is only by living completely in this world 
that one learns to have faith.
 I mean living unreservedly in life's duties, problems,
 successes and failures, experiences and perplexities.
 In so doing, we throw ourselves completely
 into the arms of God.”
 -Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
German Lutheran Minister and
anti-Nazi dissident

 “Thou art my God: Thy Spirit is good.” 
 Psalm 143:10

Within the maddening maze of things,
When tossed by storm and flood,
To one fixed trust my spirit clings;
I know that God is good!

No offering of my own I have,
Nor works my faith to prove;
I can but give the gifts He gave,
And plead His love for love.

I know not where His islands lift
Their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift
Beyond His love and care.

And so beside the silent sea
I wait the muffled oar;
No harm from Him can come to me
On ocean or on shore.

I know not what the future hath
Of marvel or surprise,
Assured alone that life and death
His mercy underlies.
 "The Eter­nal Good­ness"
By John G. Whittier

" When you saw only one set of footprints,
It was then that I carried you."
"Footprints In The Sand"
By Mary Stevenson

"Forsake not Wisdom, and she will keep
defend, and protect you; love her,
and she will guard you."
Proverbs 4:6 

 God's Wisdom is always perfect!

Daffodils and Crocus

"The flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of the birds has come,
and the voice of the turtledove 
is heard in our land."
Song of Solomon

How would the robins and other birds
know it is time to migrate north once
again to eagerly anticipate 
visiting the bird feeders in my yard?

A Bird's Eye View
Robins perched in a flowering Dogwood Tree

Swept slightly by the south wind
The elm leaves softly stirred
And in their pale green clusters
There straightway bloomed a bird.
His glossy feathers glistened,
With dyes as richly red
As any tulip flaming
From out the garden bed.
But, ah, unlike the tulips,
In joyous strain, ere long,
This red-bird flower unfolded,
A heart of golden song.
"The Red Bird"
By Eveleen Stein

Papa Cardinal feeds his "blooming" babies!

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