I glanced out at my backyard today, ready to get the rake and continue cleaning up all of the leaves and twigs left over from last year. I saw the pear tree beginning to bloom. I worked out in the yard yesterday and sure didn't notice it. We've lived in this house for 10 years. There were many of those years when I was so busy treading the water of life that I was unable to see what was right before me. Today, as I walked out to the tree with my camera, I prayed a prayer of thankfulness for these quiet moments, a chance to see.
Dear Lord, thank you for the warmth of the sunshine, the beauty of this pear tree right in my own backyard, the strength that I find in you. I pray that you will restore our hearts and the lost years. Let the joy we find in you be our strength. Give us hope for the future, for our hope is in you.
"for the joy of the LORD is your strength."