A MOMENT TO REFLECT

29 May 2020

A Moment to Reflect -28

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” –Jesus  [Matthew 6:28-9]

I’ve always enjoyed photographing flowers. They make easier subjects to capture than people—most of the time they don’t move. And, unlike people, flowers don’t become self-conscious and hide or distort their features. But the main reason I enjoy taking photographs of flowers is that it gives me an excuse to really examine their intricate and delicate beauty.

Even the little wildflowers, and the ones we call weeds, are worth a closer look.

Recent sunshine has been coaxing some previously reluctant flowers to begin opening up and so begin fulfilling their potential (particularly the peonies.) They need that energy and light to become what they are meant to be.

It reminds me of these words from Henri Nouwen.

“Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life…all of our life.” 
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

This particular photograph was taken in Bolivia