a cry of recognition…

“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart;
it is a simple look turned toward heaven,
it is a cry of recognition and of love,
embracing both trial and joy.”

St. Therese of Lisieux


(seasonal offerings at the Asheville Farmers Market / Julie Cook / 2022)

When pulling up to any seasonal farm or farmers market, as I first climb out of the car..
I find myself transfixed at it were…. standing in awe over that very first sight…
that sudden initial glimpse of the bounty of a season’s harvest.

It’s that first immediate exhilarating imagery…
imagery which is often accompanied by a variety of smells, coupled with the notion
of eventual inviting tastes, that is simply overwhelmingly mesmerizing,
and dare I say– intoxicating as all senses come to a heightened alert.

One is suddenly struck by the kaleidoscope of color…
colors that seem to be innately followed by the desire to touch…
there is a vast array of textures that call to be felt, caressed and held.

Next, be it the sheer magnitude of the numbers of trees or be it the boxes,
bushels and barrels that stretch out as far as the eye can see, there comes
an engulfing longing to offer some semblance of thanks or gratitude.

And so my thoughts turn to St. Therese’s words…
words reflected upon at the start of this post…
words that St. Therese shares with us today….
the thought that prayer is a surge of the heart…and oh how often do our hearts feel
those most powerful surges??!!

“a look toward heaven…a cry of recognition and of love…”

So maybe, just maybe, such a ‘cry’—such a deep and profound longing,
can readily be found in the abundance of a new season’s harvest…


(seasonal offerings at the Asheville Farmers Market / Julie Cook / 2022)


(seasonal offerings at the Asheville Farmers Market / Julie Cook / 2022)


(SkyTop Orchard, NC / Julie Cook / 2022)

Give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV

10 comments on “a cry of recognition…

  1. bcparkison says:

    My son has a friend who has a great farmers market over around Hendersonville.

  2. bcparkison says:

    I want to say Kerby Johnson but the last name might be wrong. I’ll try to find out.

  3. Citizen Tom says:

    One of my daughters is into gardening. She seems to have an almost instinctive love and gift for growing plants. She started hydroponic garden this year. Got to get through the winter.

  4. oneta hayes says:

    Is this in North Carolina? Beautiful fall produce.

  5. hatrack4 says:

    I had forgotten for the moment just how much I love the Fall. I like the fact that it is no longer so hot, but the colors are wonderful. The pumpkins, and then the trees. Thanks.

  6. atimetoshare.me says:

    My favorite season for many reasons. The colors and the fresh air the most. It has been quite a year so far.

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