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Radiant daffodils

I have never read about daffodils in the Bible. Bible writers missed their chance to refer to or identify a beautiful flower. In March, we had about a week of unseasonably warm weather and the daffodils started to bloom across the Roanoke Valley. Daffodils say to all of us:  “see me, it’s spring!” as they give off their radiant yellow color.

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8 (NIV)

God’s laws were never meant to be burdensome. They were given to us to create life and light. So when we are weary from reading Scripture the problem is not the Bible—it is with our hearts (ouch!!!). Yet this is good news, for the Bible not only exposes our hearts, it can also encourage and even transform our heart. The Scripture will reveal and equip us to work on the attitudes that we all struggle with (adapted from David Whitehead).

Note: the Bible mentions the narcissus; that is a close enough flower to the daffodil.

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Sourwood Tree

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The sourwood tree (Oxydendrum arboretum) is native to North America. It is one of our endemic trees that is not found on other continents unless planted. The tree has no related species. A medium-sized tree, the sourwood thrives in hardiness zones 5–9. This tree shines in summer and fall. Its midsummer flowers appear like lilies-of-the-valley, are highly fragrant, and contrast nicely against the green foliage. Then in the fall, leaves turn beautiful shades of brilliant crimson, purplish-red and sometimes yellow. And its flowers are a favorite of pollinators for honey production.

Something sour turns our stomach. Often children spit sour food out of their mouth with an “ugh.”  Although the wages of sin are often sour, accepting and following God — the real true God — is not sour.  When I was a pre-teen, I believed that Christians had no fun and their lives were sour and dour. Wow, was I ever wrong. As a more mature Christian, I know that living with and for Christ makes me radiant and joyful, not sour.

Reflection: If you are a sour, dour Christian, rethink your relationship with Christ. Consider that it might not be as right as you think it is.

Copyright December 22, 2016: Carolyn A. Roth

Check my website at http://www.CarolynRothMinistry.com/

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