Our garden (2)

Daffodils are my favourite flower. I love their yellows and golds, bringing an early message of spring. But the Canberra climate confuses them. Thanks to James’ plantings, there are dozens of brave blooms in our courtyard. But they struggle in the overnight frost that signals another day of bright winter sunshine.

Dear God,
We celebrate spring’s returning and the rejuvenation of the natural world. Let us be moved by this vast and gentle insistence that goodness shall return, that warmth and life shall succeed, and help us to understand our place within this miracle. Let us see that as a bird now builds its nest, bravely, with bits and pieces, so we must build human faith. It is our simple duty; it is the highest art; it is our natural and vital role within the miracle of spring: the creation of faith. Amen.

– Michael Leunig. A common prayer, HarperCollinsReligious, 1990.