I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
—Ruth Stout

Photo by Aaron Lazar


the first day

The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. ~ Henry Van Dyke

Photo: Marge McCoy



You were redeemed with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb. 1 Peter 1:18-19

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.

Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.

Redeemed, and so happy in Jesus,
No language my rapture can tell;
I know that the light of His presence
With me doth continually dwell.

I think of my blessed Redeemer,
I think of Him all the day long:
I sing, for I cannot be silent;
His love is the theme of my song.

I know I shall see in His beauty
The King in whose law I delight;
Who lovingly guardeth my footsteps,
And giveth me songs in the night.

Hymn: Frances J. Crosby (1882)
Music: William J. Kirkpatrick (1882)
Photo: Marge McCoy

leggo cross

This little LEGO cross hangs on the wall of the care center where someone deeply and dearly loved is dying. His wife sits by his bedside each day. Family and friends come to visit and pray, all under the shadow of this precious cross, crafted by a grandchild with love. It is the perfect gift. It represents, for all of us, our hope that we, too, when we lay in our bed, not long for this world, that over us will be the only true hope of the world, the cross of Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time…
1 Peter 1:3

Photo and Reflection by Michael Demastus