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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lenten Flowers, Lenten Psalm

Dear Reader, I hope that you enjoy these pictures. I've had flower pictures on my brain since last week when I decided that this week I would join the participants of Today's_Flowers created by Brazillian Luiz Santilli Jr., which I found at Fishing Guy's This_Is_My_Blog.

I thought for sure the flower I would have for this post would have been my much awaited for daffodils but my Hellebore with snow on them captured my eye last night.

I got home just in time, the snow was beginning to accumulate on the road way. These pictures were taken hastily last night, I didn't have much time to dwell on picture taking as I was getting home rather late with homemade burritos and handmade-from-scratch salsa on the a-little-taste-of-summer menu. The timing for last night's menu could not have been more needed.

Lenten Images

Lord God I will not be weighted down
not even with all that surrounds me.

Your perfection speaks through the ages
and is greater than all that presses in.


No matter the darkness, no matter the isolation
My heart is not dark and my spirit is not alone.

The weight of evil may seem to be a crushing thing,
But you my Lord God are more than anything.

You, Lord God, with the Word and the Holy Spirit, spoke
at the beginning of time and all that I know became made.


From you Lord God nothing can
parade in secret, all is known.


My head can lift from my cold pillow
because it is Your hand that lifts it.


There is no weight greater, no accumulated weight, greater,
than the might in Your hand, no weight causes You strain.


The icy fingers of death and destruction, though they try to surround,
fail in their attempt to crush those who know the Source of Life.


Our heads can lift and they lift to You
they lift in Your song in Your warmth.



You make our eyes shine bright
and our hearts sing Your praises.



Within You is everything.





24 comments:

Susie said...

Wonderful, comforting words Lanny and the pictures are just beautiful! Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday.

Lilly said...

What great photos!

Tarolino said...

Such wonderful images with these beautiful hellebores and the crisp snow on them. I hope they did not mind the cold snow. A lovely post.

VALKYRIEN said...

Wonderful shots of beautiful flower! I especially like the two last images, simply gorgeous! Hope they survive the snowfall!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

and lord? ps? if it's not too much trouble could you please turn off the snow machine up there? please?

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

(or is this humor in poor taste? if so, sorry.)

Mildred said...

Lanny, Such encouraging words and your photos are just beautiful. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a good afternoon.

Sherry said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful post. Your flowers are very pretty.

Gill - That British Woman said...

what a lovely series of photos,

Gill in Canada

Pear tree cottage! said...

Beautiful my friend .......simply beautiful!

Your winter turning to spring and our summer turning to Autumn...OH! the wonders of this world.

Hello! again after such a long time.

Lee-ann

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Hellebores are amazing and hese are spectacular. Your words are stunning too.

My Today’s Flower’s post is at
More of Me - EG

Denise said...

Your photos are really lovely. Thank you so much for sharing them.

Barbara said...

Great captures of hellebores. The are such a beautiful flower. Smiles B

Arija said...

Such beautiful Winter Roses, they are so enduring and, like Snowdrops, easily survive surprise snow covers.
With hope in our hearts we can survive anything.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Amen!!!

Wow. Your Spring got sprung. Or I should say, your flowers got hosed. Or I should say, your flowers got snowed under.

Yes, we got some snow today, and some of Deb's flowers are on their way up, though not out in bloom yet.

guild-rez said...

Welcome to Today's Flowers!!
I truly enjoyed your beautiful pictures and comforting words.
Hope you'll join us again.

Shellmo said...

Beautiful and peaceful to read your words and watch the photos unfold of your lovely flowers...

Sparky ♥ ∞ said...

That was so uplifting and true! HE is our comfort. Great post Lanny. :o)

Jennifer said...

What beautiful pictures and words to go with them!

Naturegirl said...

Beautiful photos and wonderful words! Welcome to Today's Flowers!!

fishing guy said...

Lanny: Your words and photos are a true inspiration. The snow really was a weight on the flowers.
Thanks for the link and you did a wonderful post for your first offering to Today's Flowers.

sunnymama said...

Wonderful pictures!

Fotos da Lurdes said...

Wonderful shots...
Your flowers are amazing...
Thanks for sharing!

Daisy said...

Beautiful post, Lanny. Words and pictures, this all came together very well.

bren said...

Just bought a Lenten Rose from a Catholic Church Plant Sale... wanted to see what it looked like in bloom, as I was only told it is a heirloom plant. Through my search... discovered your blog... the words you chose to use in the display of such beautiful pictures made my heart sing... am blessed to have found you... bren