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Easter Blessings

on March 31, 2013

Happy Easter to all and may your day be filled with blessings beyond words!

We have been blessed with my husband now off life support, out of ICU and resting in a private room. If fact, he was helped out of the bed yesterday and has begun sitting in a chair. He is very weak and cannot walk on his own. We still have a long road ahead but the way is filled with light and hope for a full recovery. Thank you all for your intercessory prayers, thoughts and concerns.

Not being in the frame of mind lately to keep up with catnip, I am reposting Easter greetings from last year.

Regardless of the year, the message is still the same!

Sometimes we ponder and ponder in hopes of eventually mustering the right words to tender an emotion, offer inspiration or purpose newfound knowledge. That is exactly where I found myself today as thoughts were enveloped in the “spiritual essence of Easter.”

Ah-h-h-h! The wonders of the Internet directed my fingers toward exploring its limitless boundaries in search of something overpowering. Webcrawlers fetched page after page delivering data, information, pictures, videos, etc.  At the end of the day, a plethora of windows had opened stroking my heartstrings with sights and sounds of wonder and passion. For every time a window opened a new window was discovered that led to another window and . . . Oh, my! Sounds like something venomous caught in a silky web waiting to be a tasty appetizer while life begins to ebb! Doesn’t it?

Needless to say, my efforts were not in vain. The words of my heart had already been written and laid to rest upon the sands of time to be revisited and never forgotten. Now, I share with you, my readers and followers, what thoughts I discovered on the Easter Lily. . .

Thoughts on the Easter Lily

“Rightly the lily is the flower of Easter. It lies buried in the ooze of pond or stream. There is  the grave of the dead lily that appeals to nostril or eye. But silently the forces of life are  dark and the damp to prepare a glorious resurrection. A shaft of green shoots upward toward the sun. This is followed by a cluster of tiny buds. One day the sun smiles with special warmth upon the dank, black ooze, and there leaps into the light a creature of light and beauty; it is the lily, an angel of the earth, whose look is light.”

—Author Unknown

History of the Easter Lily

How did the lily come to grace the fields of America? The cultivation of lilies did not originate in the United States for the lily is a native of Japan. History reveals the account of a WW I soldier, Luis Houghton, bringing a suitcase full of hybrid lily bulbs to the South coast of Oregon in 1919. Houghton freely distributed bulbs to his friends and neighbors. Because of the events of WW II, the Japanese source of bulbs was abruptly cut off. Therefore, those growing lilies as a hobby noted the value of lily bulbs sky-rocketing and many decided to go into business on their own. At that time, Easter lily bulbs were known as “White Gold,” resulting in cultivators attempting to cash in on the crop. By 1945, there were about 1,200 growers producing bulbs up and down the Pacific coast, from Vancouver, Canada to Long Beach, California.

Of course, this post cannot end without my own personal atonement to. . .


T
he Lily. . .

Sounding of trumpets
Extol the most high
Rallying a crowd
No one should deny

Calls to drill and battle
Resound a time nigh
Echoing surrender
Or a battle cry

No white, just crimson
Adorn the fields
Beds of blood and bone
A battle yields

Within times’ passing
Ghastly signs disappear
Blades of bright green
Awaken thoughts held dear

Slender stalks emerge
Rising from earthy graves
Flaunting scaly bulbs
Pompous as ocean waves

Milky-white trumpets
Surge with praises toward the sky
Spiritual essence of Easter
Extols the most high

©2012 catnipoflife 
Sharla Lee Shults

“I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.”
Song of Solomon 2:1

 

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18 responses to “Easter Blessings

  1. lgyslaine says:

    Happy Easter Sharla and good health for your husband. Friendly :)

  2. Enjoy the moments only Easter can bring Sharla, xx

  3. utesmile says:

    Wishing a good recovery for your husband, that he will get better every day. May your days be bright and full of hope and love. Thinking of you Sharla.

  4. [...] Happy Easter to all and may your day be filled with blessings beyond words!We have been blessed with my husband now off life support, out of ICU and resting in a private room. If fact, he was helped out of the bed yesterday and has begun sitting in a chair. He is very weak and cannot walk on his own. We still have a long road ahead but the way is filled with light and hope for a full recovery. Thank you all for your intercessory prayers, thoughts and concerns.Not being in the frame of mind lately to keep up with catnip, I am reposting Easter greetings from last year.Regardless of the year, the message is still the same!  [...]

  5. Teepee12 says:

    Have a beautiful and blessed day! Prayers and thoughts go with you :-)

  6. Lady Lovely says:

    Hugs and love to you and your husband.

  7. What wonderful news :) Blessing to you and your husband, Sharla! love and hugs

  8. Taylor says:

    Blessing abound my sweet friend. You and Jim are in all my prayers. Hug him for me! The offer still stands…call whenever…I’m here for you sweet sister. Love and Easter blessing to you and your family! He is Risen!!! Taylor

    Sent from my iPad

  9. Dear Sharla, so glad to have news of you and your husband – you have been on my mind.
    I am thinking of you, and hoping that your husband’s recovery continues…
    Warmest wishes to you both

  10. Lyn says:

    Praise God that your husband is on the mend Sharla. Continuing to pray xx

  11. RoSy says:

    A wonderful Easter blessing. Many more blessings to your husband in his recovery & many more to you & your family.

  12. prayers for comfort and healing for your hubs, strength and comfort for you Sharla…Love nad Hugs (((xx)))

  13. Trish says:

    Thank you and I wish Jim a speedy recovery.

  14. babso2you says:

    Sharla – this is a wonderful post and I love the poetry! I am passing along to you another award! It is “The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!” Here is the link to my post:

    http://salmonfishingqueen.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/many-thanks-to-you/

    Hugs and congratulations! Well deserved! – B

  15. Raani York says:

    I love this post and of course the poem. The pics are beautiful as well. I really hope you had a GREAT Easter Holiday!!! Hugs to you!

  16. Glad to know he’s off life support, Sharla. I know it’s tough, but please stay strong!

  17. Susan says:

    I continue to pray, Sharla. Sorry you and your husband are going through such an ordeal.

  18. coastalmom says:

    I am praying for your guys! Beautiful… Some of your best words! Funny how God wets our gifts when we need HIM most. I love your heart!

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