– Watch Thou, O Lord –

“The grass is withered, and the flower is fallen: but the word of our Lord endureth for ever.” (Isaiah 40:8).

March 20 2020

I had such a pleasant surprise this morning – beautiful white lilies blooming in our garden! The blooms just seemed to appear and what a gift to cut a few flowers and place them on the table. I generally don’t have a lot of time to garden but at the moment it is nice to potter. We have lots and lots of rosemary too and the scent is beautiful! It’s always a surprise when a seedling pops up that you had forgotten about which has been transplanted by the winds, or the birds! It’s a wonder of nature indeed but that is the beauty of God’s creation, isn’t it?

This following quote by St. Therese reminds me of how different we are but how each soul is beautiful to our heavenly gardener.

“The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness” St. Therese of Lisieux.

It is Spring now and the flowers are beginning to bloom, the trees are starting to blossom, and soon we’ll see the little lambs. For many of us, however, this Spring may not bring the freshness that we so long for in our spiritual life. The season is changing… and with it sometimes brings unexpected events.

Whatever changes we are experiencing, whatever we are going through we can place our trust in God. He will never abandon us – he will raise us up above the dark clouds of uncertainty and lead us to a new dawning… Watch Thou, O Lord!

Here is a beautiful prayer by St. Augustine.

Watch Thou, O Lord.

Watch Thou, O Lord with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, And give Thine angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend Thy sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest Thy weary ones.
Bless Thy dying ones.
Soothe Thy suffering ones.
Pity Thy afflicted ones.
Shield Thy joyous ones, And all for Thy loves sake.


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