For earth's cycles and seasons
for the rising of spring and the growing summer
for autumn's fullness and the hidden depths of winter
thanks be to you, O Christ.
from Philip Newell's Celtic Benediction
There's no turning back now, though our spring has arrived a month or so earlier than usual, and we may still have a blizzard in April. The seasons turn, sometimes in unexpected rhythms.
So let's celebrate the glory of quince blossoms and leaves opening, and other sights from our yard the last day or two.
For the life force in seeds buried in the ground
that shoot green and bear fruit and fall to the earth
thanks be to you.
(Philip Newell's prayer, continued)
Let me learn from earth's cycles of birthing
the times and seasons of dying.
Let me learn of you in the soil of my soul, O Christ,
and your journey through death to birth.
Let me learn of you in my soul this night
and the journey of letting go.
Philip Newell, Tuesday night prayer, Celtic Benediction
My approach to contemplative photography --
Tell about it."
Mary Oliver in "Sometimes"