Pink (Willow-herb)

Posted on: January 24, 2010

Light shining through willow-herb.  The petals with the strong sun behind them looking like deep pink stained glass.  The pistils: small white crosses, a bit like the crosses you see on hot cross buns that are available in the shops now (already!)

Simple scene though this is, it is speaking to me of the grace of God.  Simply by being, these petals are beautiful, and by allowing the sun to pour through them, they’re becoming even more beautiful. 

God’s grace is a great stress-reliever.  It means we are not the final judge of our own conduct (amongst other things – it would take a lifetime to understand everything grace means to mankind).  Sometimes we are judge and jury of our day-to-day behaviour and thought-life.  Although we’re meant to ‘examine ourselves’ at times, I don’t think we should be taking a minute-to-minute audit of our lives’ progress.  That way madness would lie!

Grace means that sin has been judged – but Jesus has taken the place of that sin.  (Jesus was willing to become identified with sin – our sin – not just take the punishment for it).  But once we have accepted that grace, we are not judged any more.

I love the exuberance of this flower.  Although it’s officially a weed, I’ve heard several people say they have a special affection for it.  Seed-time, in late September, is an equally attractive time.  Then the leaves turn a variety of colours, displaying on one single stem, green, beige, sunset yellow, and apricot orange.  (And russet red sometimes, too.)  And above the leaves, there is a mass of fluffy seed in the place of the flowers.   

Weeds that are really beautiful flowers.  What does that remind me of?  Perhaps ‘the stone the builders rejected..’?

Pink Riddle

I return to my birthplace
when it’s time to reproduce.
I love to jump
out of one element
and into another,
then back again.
Though I have no feet (or even legs)
a ladder was built for my use.

[If you would like to know the answer – or have your guess confirmed as the right answer! – email me on rschown@yahoo.co.uk.]

[In case you’re wondering why there’s a pink post, when there is no pink in the rainbow – I’m alternating between pink and white for Post No 7 each time.  Indigo and violet are being combined for Post No 6.]


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  • Carole: Beautiful!
  • Amy: Sounds like a beautiful color and dress. And I would love to see a picture of that tree! I do love trees of all kinds, and you make some great points
  • Amy: What a beautiful poem or song to God, love it! We're exciting to see spring here up in the northeast after a long, cold, snowy winter! Blessings, A


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