The poinsettia that has survived almost an entire year is looking decidedly dry and weak! Neglected on the windowsill, beside orchids that require very little attention, it has begun to show signs of stress.
The orchids were given a little drink as well ... they are much easier to care for and some of them have been around the windowsills for eight or nine years. The flowers are simply amazing and they last for such a long time ... it seems that the conditions on this east facing window suits them very well.
Blessed are you, God of compassion and mercy,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
In the darkness of our sin,
your light breaks forth like the dawn
and your healing springs up for deliverance.
As we rejoice in the gift of your saving help,
sustain us with your bountiful Spirit
and open our lips to sing your praise:
Blessed be God for ever,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
from Daily Prayer for Friday in The Pilgrim Prayerbook.