Thursday, April 1, 2021

Spiritual Journey Thursday, Sharing Our Stories and Poetry Friday: All Things New!

It's a triple Thursday as I share a favorite quote, a golden shovel poem and some favorite pictures from recent spring walks for Spiritual Journey Thursday, Sharing Our Stories, and Poetry Friday.

Karen's Got a Blog is rounding up our
Spiritual Journey Thursday posts 
relating to the theme All Things New.
Thanks, Karen, for hosting this week.
 
Head over to A Year of Reading
 for this week's roundup of poetic goodness.
Thanks, Mary Lee, for hosting this week.

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
- Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 
I chose this phrase "The flowers appear on the earth;..." from Song of Solomon 2:12 to create a golden shovel poem. Golden shovel poems are inspired by a line of poetry or text, constructed so that the ending word of each line when read top to bottom composes that line.

Awe fills my heart as the  

season changes. Winter fades away, flowers

dot the landscape, beautiful blossoms appear,

and I remember sorrow turned to glory on

a blessed spring morning. An empty tomb reveals the 

victory over death, the Savior's gift to all who live on earth.

                                              - Ramona Behnke

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23 comments:

  1. Ramona, your post sings of the gift of spring and the wonder of Easter joy. Thank you for adding the spiritual awakening of Easter morning. Your Golden Shovel shares your love of springtime, flowers, and the Lord. Peace be with you on Easter. Have a wonderful time with your family.

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  2. Golden shovel poems are not something I am familiar with! How wonderful! And your poem is amazing!

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  3. Glorious Golden Shovel, with the true message of Easter, which is seen in the renewal of His creation, read in His Word, and living in our hearts as believers.

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  4. So much spring joy in this post!

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  5. Your garden -- and your life! -- is blooming! Lovely, Ramona. Thank you for sharing all. xo

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  6. Lovely, Ramona. Such gorgeous flowers in your garden, and joy in your poem.

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  7. Beautiful images and words, Ramona. You inspire me... thank you!!!

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  8. Beautiful all the way through, Ramona. I especially love your Golden Shovel crafted from Song of Solomon; it is a hymn of praise.

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  9. So many times your pictures have filled me up, Ramona. You all are way ahead of us, so I love seeing those blooms, & your poem reflects your feelings beautifully: "Awe fills my heart". Happy April/Happy Easter!

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  10. The flowers have indeed appeared! Happy Spring!

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  11. Beautiful words and images! Thank you!

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  12. Beautiful flowers to match you words. Love the golden shovel poem.

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  13. LOVE you poem! Thank you for sharing it. God bless!

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  14. Beautiful Golden Shovel that celebrates spring and Resurrection. Your phots are gorgeous!

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  15. What a trifecta! I love your photos and can't believe how much farther along spring is in your neck of the woods! "Sorrow turned to glory on a blessed spring day" is a beautiful line!

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  16. Your photos make me smile (and hopeful that spring will come to Michigan soon!)

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  17. You have so many colours already. How wonderful.

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  18. I have never heard of a golden shovel poem... I think I want to try one. My husband is our plant and flower person. I'm sharing the top quote with him...he is passing on this legacy and love for growing things to our kids and grands... what an amazing hobby and lifestyle being a farmer is. XO Happpy Easter, friend

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  19. I haven't written a shovel poem in forever. It's beautiful - and so are all of the images you have shared. I think more awe awaits us this month!

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  20. Absolutely lovely poem--I'm going to tell my daughter about this one and see what she can do! I hope you had a beautiful Easter.

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  21. Lovely poem and pictures! Our flowering trees and bulbs are a bit behind yours, so it's wonderful to see all the colors that will soon be seen.

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  22. So lovely. You are an inspiration with your words, pictures, and attention to small beauty in life.

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  23. This is absolutely beautiful!!! Both the flowers and your words. A perfect Easter poem!!! He is risen!!!!

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