Wherever we look there is beauty. sometimes made by human hands, often designed by the creator God. Over the past week I've been enjoying the opening lily blooms. They were bought as tight buds just showing the promise of a sunny colour. And now, one week later they are fully open in all their glory! What magnificent flowers ... although they have almost no perfume.
Beside them is a full pot of daffodils ... now well past their best but still with that spring beauty and delicacy that is so much part of the season.
Beside them hangs my icon of Saint Nicholas. I never tire of looking at the beauty that is there and searching out the depths of the icon.
God our Father,
who from the family of your servant David
raised up Joseph the carpenter
to be the guardian of your incarnate Son
and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Give us grace to follow his example
of faithful obedience to your commands;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Collect of Saint Joseph of Nazareth