All Judah rejoiced about the oath because they had sworn it wholeheartedly. They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.
2 Chronicles 15:15

(sweet maple pods / Julie Cook / 2014)

Awaken buds and blooms, come dance with the wind.
Rejoice with triumphal fanfare, for all of Heaven proclaims Spring’s newness is at hand.

Hear now the sweet yet busy twills and chirps of excited birds rising across the sky.
A chaotic crescendo alerts all who may hear that Nature is now busy, for new life is soon at hand.

Soft demure colors tenderly shimmer in the sleepy morning light as the dew dotted grass sparkles like a thousand stars in a distant night sky

Winter’s dark glum shadows, finally vanquished. It is the triumphant shafts of light, penetrating the cold and dejected ground, which ring victorious.

Wake up, wake up all slumbering seed and nut– arise you who have been hidden deep– the sun now beckons all to come quickly her way.

Rejoice and be glad for all of earth’s splendor prepares to welcome a most happy and new day

“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say,
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day!
Lo! the dead is living, God, forevermore!
Him, their true Creator, all His works adore!
“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

Earth her joy confesses, clothing her for spring,
All fresh gifts returned with her returning King:
Bloom in every meadow, leaves on every bough,
Speak His sorrow ended, hail His triumph now.
Hell to-day is vanquished, heaven is won to-day.

Months in due succession, days of lengthening light,
Hours and passing moments praise Thee in their flight;
Brightness of the morning, sky and fields and sea,
Vanquisher of darkness, bring their praise to Thee!
“Welcome, happy morning!” age to age shall say.

(Stanzas 1-3 taken from the hymn: ‘Welcome, happy morning age to age shall say’
Written by Venantius Honorius Clementianus Fortunatus, in or around the year 570 AD

6 comments on “Fanfare

  1. Lynda says:

    I see your photos and read your posts and dream of the day when we will see signs of spring! I know it is coming – I just have to have faith. 🙂 Blessings.

    • never fear Lynda–it is coming–I say this as it rained again this morning as temps are staying in the 50’s with lows this week in the mid 20’s—-70 yesterday and freezing all week—so topsy turvy—-but it is the color which is such a boost to my soul—-here is praying for your much needed Spring!!

  2. Signs of spring are starting to show but it sure it slow coming! Lovely post Julie 🙂 I saw a male bluebird today go into one of my birdhouses so I hope they will build a nest!

  3. Natalie Scarberry says:

    Beautiful, lyrical post. Love the samaras on the tree in your photo. Hugs and love, Natalie 🙂

    • what in the heck is a samaras?! I just looked it up–I never knew what those winglike seedpods were called—wow, I learn something everyday—I think it’s a greek work 🙂
      Always the consummate teacher –thank you 🙂
      I bet you’re a master gardener–I’m just a layman myself–:)
      I’m ready for things to warm up so my nubs will start sprouting, otherwise I know one husband who owes me new shrubbery!!!
      Hugs—simple cookie

      • Natalie Scarberry says:

        Well, now you know, huh?! Nah, I’m not a master gardener; I just get curious about things like that and search till I find out what they are. Poor old hubby, still not out of the doghouse, huh?! I hope things start sprouting very, very soon. Love and hugs, Peaches. 🙂

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