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Finding harmony: A morning walk among the flowers

May 23, 2013

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I often walk the nearby campus of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community for exercise or as a break from my job at MennoMedia. From March to November, a wide array of flowers can be found. I used to walk this ground while a student at Eastern Mennonite University when it was “only” a pasture field filled with cows and cow pies. It was a place for me to escape back to my farm roots.

It is not lost on me that someday I may walk this campus as a VMRC resident; I certainly don’t have my name on a waiting list, but one never knows. It is a good place. I’m told that some flower beds are planted and groomed by residents who choose the varieties. So on a recent morning I “picked” (by photo only) some gems to share. Stroll with me and enjoy.

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Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.
Song of Songs 2:11-13

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Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. Luke 12:26-28

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All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,but the word of the Lord endures forever. I Peter 1: 24-25

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Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1: 11-12

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I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys. Song of Solomon 2:1

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Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.  ~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts

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Earth laughs in flowers.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Hamatreya”

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I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.  ~Emma Goldman

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I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
~Edna St. Vincent Millay, “Afternoon on a Hill”

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A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.  ~Walt Whitman

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When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.  ~Chinese Proverb

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Why do people give each other flowers?  To celebrate various important occasions, they’re killing living creatures?  Why restrict it to plants?  “Sweetheart, let’s make up.  Have this deceased squirrel.”  ~The Washington Post

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Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.  ~The Koran

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I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.  ~Claude Monet

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If you’ve never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom. ~Terri Guillemets

Bible quotations from Bible Gateway.

Flower quotations found at http://www.quotegarden.com/flowers.html

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