“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
― Pope John Paul II

(tiny redheaded woodpecker / Julie Cook / 2015)

And on this January day,
as the sun rose high into the crisp blue sky,
all of Nature could be heard rejoicing. . .

Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

(female Flicker looking skyward / Julie Cook / 2015)

(female sparrow nibbling a branch / Julie Cook / 2015)

(both Peaches and a lizard enjoy a respite from the cold rains / Julie Cook / 2015)

(closeup of someone who should still be hibernating up on my sleeve / Julie Cook / 2015)

(small bed of moss / Julie Cook / 2015)

And as the beautiful sun settled downward in the distant western sky,
at the ending of this beautiful January day,
all of Nature could be heard whispering . . .

Amen, Amen, Amen

DSC00054(Day is done as the sun sets in the western sky / Julie Cook / 2015)

10 comments on “Hallelujah

  1. Lynda says:

    Isn’t it amazing the difference that a sunny day will make! It causes me to think about the difference we can make in the lives of those around us when we choose to be that ray of sunshine for all whom we meet. People don’t need much but we can make a difference in their lives when we take a moment to make eye contact or to say a word. I’m reminded of today’s Gospel where Jesus speaks to Levi (Matthew), the tax collector, and goes to his home for dinner; Levi’s life is changed forever. Julie, you are that ray of sunshine in many lives as you faithfully post every single day. Bless you for this ministry you have embraced.

  2. phyllissnipes says:

    Hallelujah! Amen!! ☀️

  3. Amen Julie!! Love the picture of Peaches and the chameleon! I hope you guys are having a great weekend! Big Hugs 🙂 Michael

  4. Oh I adore this post and your photos are great!!! Hallelujah indeed. I’m so glad you got some sun. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  5. lljostes says:

    A really cool post with lots of warm thoughts and images! Thanks for sharing! God bless your week, Julie ~ Laura

  6. dbp49 says:

    What a wonderful post, and what a wonderful affirmation when I remember the silly people who thought they were hurting my feelings by calling me a “red-headed woodpecker” (I grew up with bright red hair). Just one quick look at your first photograph reassures me that whether they knew it or not, what they intended as an insult, was actually praise of the highest degree. Thank you for reminding me that there is no ugliness in God’s Creation.

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