Tag Archives | Lent

At Last—Poppies!

poppies in Lakhish Israel Flickr CC

We are at the last, dear gardeners—the last of Lent and the day commemorating the Last Supper. Likewise, what is the last “flower of the field” to bloom in the succession of red wildflowers in Israel? Poppies! Papaver rhoeas, the common poppy, flourishes at the end of the Holy Land’s brief, brilliant, springtime bloom, in […]

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Drawn in by Daffodils

trumpeting daffodils by A Poskanzer CP

Does anything draw in quite like the daffodil—to all that is bright to behold? Their little trumpets seem to loudly proclaim spring joy and the sweet relief of flowers returning to the earth. Bursting sunshine in a flower, flourishing hopes of all sorts…All hail, in this week of Happy Spring, daffodil’s bold appeal to be […]

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Listen to the Lord in Lilies

stand of madona lilies Flickr Creative Commons

Easter lilies are filling up florists and grocers’ floral departments, in anticipation of the glorious celebration ahead! May we take their trumpet shape as a megaphone to our hearts: Listen! Listen to the still, steadfast voice, the Lord’s leading us in his blessing and direction: “Are you listening, dear people? Psalm 50:7 The Message Just […]

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Trust the Lord in Tulips

field of red tulips at Texas Tulips

What better way to take in the “flowers of the field” than to visit a field of flowers…look, look! My friend and trusted researcher, Kim Hagan, and I set out to do just that! Acting on a well-timed tip, we headed out for “Texas Tulips,” an otherwise common field nestled in north Texas farmland. Take […]

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Keep His Company in Chamomile Tea

chamomile tea in garden chamomile foliage

When a friend invites you to a cup of tea, implicit in the invitation is cozy company. Whether served in dainty, floral teacups or stout, oversized mugs, hot tea warrants lingering to let drinks cool, and sipping seems to slow time’s passing. Thoughts seem gently encouraged to rise up from deep in the heart in […]

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Come to Me in Crown Anemones

single crown anemone bloom first of the season

The bloom is on! Rosen School of Hebrew reports that southern Israel is resplendent in red—crown anemones are covering the fields, and “the red south, darom adom (דָּרוֹם אָדוֹם), becomes a huge tourist attraction,” bringing “thousands of people to see this miracle blooming and the beautiful green fields…” Crown anemones are endeared in Israeli hearts, […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Bay Laurel

spring branches from bay laurel trees

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Palm

fruits from date palm trees

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Almond

blossomed almond branch

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable for the table, their fruits found easily […]

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A Lenten Look at Trees: Tamarisk

tamarisk tree detail from Maui HI

A Lenten Look at Trees features seven tree species, a sweeping journey from the Garden of Eden to palm’s Sunday prominence, preparing our hearts for the day Jesus hung on a tree. Some trees along the way may be well-suited for your garden; others may be more suitable the table, their fruits found easily in […]

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