My mother’s roses are in full bloom right by the front step of the house. The sun is shining brightly this morning and it is a beautiful 62 degrees right now but will warm into the 80’s as the day progresses.
When I was a kid going to Sunday School, we used to have “openings” which was an introductory period during which we all gathered in the Parish Hall to sing some songs, give our offering, say prayers, and hear announcements before being dismissed to our classrooms for instruction.1
One of the women who led the “opening” for many years used to always start off by saying “This is the day the Lord has made” to which we responded, as a group, “Rejoice and be glad in it!” This morning when I saw the sun shining brightly in a perfect blue sky and my mother’s roses blooming just outside the door, that phrase came back to me. We get so wrapped up in all the things we have to attend to and accomplish, so obsessed with our goals and wedded to our responsibilities that we too often forget to notice the beauty around us.
Yesterday morning, driving toward my house on the way home from water aerobics, I saw my beautiful, vibrant red roses and immediately thought, “Blog Your Blessings!” So I must thank the Blue Panther who founded this weekly meme for reminding me to take a few moments out at least once each week to be grateful, especially for this kind of beauty in my environment:
The fact that I can
Be well and enjoy your many blessings!
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- In fact, that was how I became a church musician and spent most of the next 40+ years playing in church . . . when I was in fifth grade, I was tapped to be the pianist for those “openings.” [↩]