3.18.15 … help us to see [you] more clearly … “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks 26/40, The Cathedral of St. Phillips – Atlanta GA:

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. –  Ralph Waldo Emerson.

IMG_2776   The Bradford pears trees in bloom. IMG_2774 And there are red blooms budding on another tree … what is that? IMG_2761 Later I look around the Cathedrals grounds and I see that the red trees in the back are about to burst, but the ones on Peachtree have already popped, not fully popped, but definitely out, maybe a day or two ahead of the trees in the back area. I found this helpful …

Learn more about the 50 most frequently-seen trees in Atlanta. Soon, you’ll know the common and botanical names of tree, interesting tidbits, and be able to recognize them by sight. via 50 Atlanta Trees || Trees Atlanta.

One of the things you notice when focus daily on creation is what is blooming on its own time and what is  forced. You begin to question and ponder, which is more beautiful?  And what happens when humans intervene?  I always remember hearing how at the Augusta National, the landscapers will ice the azaleas to keep them from blooming too early. As I walk, I immediately noticed  some birds chirping. And I hear the children chirping as their moms pick them up in  the carpool line at the Cathedral’s preschool. Ever since I started using the Bird Caller app,  I realize it if I hear a robins. I now recognize the robin.   I turn the app  on as soon as I hear a bird call.   If I do, robins will sing to me the whole time I am walking. Kind of fun. Always amazed at how beautiful Atlanta is in the early spring … IMG_2765 IMG_2773 IMG_2769   x    IMG_2772 IMG_2771 And then I found the weed … Lots to think about … Two things from the Lenten devotionals I subscribe to …  From Henri Nouwen ..

Coming Together in Poverty There are many forms of poverty:  economic poverty, physical poverty, emotional poverty, mental poverty, and spiritual poverty.  As long as we relate primarily to each other’s wealth, health, stability, intelligence, and soul strength, we cannot develop true community.  Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts.  Community is the place where our poverty is acknowledged and accepted, not as something we have to learn to cope with as best as we can but as a true source of new life. Living community in whatever form – family, parish, twelve-step program, or intentional community – challenges us to come together at the place of our poverty,  believing that there we can reveal our richness.

From First Presbyterian Charlotte … 

Katelyn Gordon:  Prayer: Steadfast God, we are so easily tired and distracted.  So often we confuse you for something or someone else.  Help us to see you more clearly and to live more faithfully.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.


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