CORINNE’S GARDEN : Harbinger’s of Joy

 

“ Old Fashioned Living recalls that Louisa May Alcott wrote about May Basket Day in New England in her 1880 children’s book Jack and Jill. From Alcott’s story:  “such laughing, whistling, flying about of flowers and friendly feeling—it was almost a pity that May-day did not come oftener.”[1]

My first encounter with May Day was May 1980 working as a Media Aide in an elementary school in Nebraska. I had come from California and May Pole Dances and May Baskets were very foreign to me. Children danced around the May Pole just as Alcott described the time. It was delightful ~ so colorful, such a friendly gathering of children and adults of all ages who had come to enjoy the day. Several times we have opened our  door on May Day to find a delightful May Basket filled with treats and always a note that brings joy to our hearts.

Sometime earlier in February the Sand Hill Cranes arrived on my prairie and once again people from all over the world gathered to observe this amazing migration. Currently numerous flocks of Canadian Geese ,Elegant Snow Geese and a rare group of Pelicans are resting nearby as they migrate to their  winter grounds; Why, just the other day I spotted a “necklace” of little birds sitting on the high wires.  All of these are Harbinger’s of spring (meaning: a person or thing that signals the approach of another) Psalm 104:24 …O Lord, how many are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all; The earth is full of Your possessions.”

Lifting My Prayer to my Father ~ Lord these spring days are beautiful and full of variety. The Sounds and events around me are joyful harbingers of the coming spring. Oh Father, Your word is the true harbinger of Your coming…. the true harbinger of joy. Thank You for truth. Help me to abide in You, that I might be overflowing with Joy. Amen

I have been using words like ~ joy, delight, colorful, friendly, celebrate. These are wonderful words that express happy times. “The Lord intendeds for His children to be a people who love, celebrate, and choose life!”[2]  Yet Let us remember God in His word also sent many warning of judgment and destruction. “God is real. He is over everything. He is calling….you and I as believers to communicate hope and change people’s lives”.[3] How do we do this? Sharing  verses such as John 3:16; revealing the changes God has made in your own life; inviting someone to a Bible study; encouraging a needy friend to read the stories of God’s love and provision on this blog.  Oh sweet sister there are many ways that God can use us to make this change. Draw close and ask the Lord to heighten your awareness of these opportunities ~ then don’t miss them!

A May Basket is a gesture of loving kindness ~ Psalm 36:7 Speaks of God’s loving kindness, “How precious is Your loving kindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of your wings”.

Nancy Bjorklund

Nancy visits the Titus II Woman Ministry blog throughout the year with inspiration and poetic writing. She lives in Nebraska with her husband, Bob and they are the partents to four grown children as well grandparents and great-grandparents. She holds both bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska in education. Her much loved verse comes from Proverbs 3:5 and 6, “trust in the Lord
with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths”.

 

[1] https://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/…/a-forgotten-tradition-may-basket-day

[2] April Motl. retrieved from biblestudytools.com, How to Biblically Celebrate New Life in the Spring

[3] ”. (Jonathan Cahn, The Harbinger, billygraham.org)


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