Sunday, August 5, 2018

Artistry of Summer

The artistry of summer is
graced by blooming flowers,
Their colors and aromas have intoxicating powers.
A warm breeze carries the perfume in the air
Of roses, honeysuckle and others here and there.

The morning glories open with the rising of the sun
And four-o’clocks indicate when day is almost done.
From morning’s first light, flowers wet with dew,
Until the evening darkness, they provide a lovely view.

Hollyhocks, geraniums and hydrangeas too
Create a masterpiece of pink, red and blue,
While sunflowers, daisies and marigolds grow
With a bright golden touch to add to the show.

What delight flowers offer on a warm summer day,
As petunias, phlox and zinnias brighten up our way;
The colorful display of the Master gardener’s art
Brings delight to the senses and gladdens the heart!

© Connie Arnold
Excerpt of summer section of A Symphony of Seasons

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Glimmer of Hope

A glimmer of hope slipped into the world,
arriving with love at our Savior’s birth,
a promise fulfilled that was long foretold,
with divine light piercing the darkness of earth.

That hope leapt into the hearts of shepherds
at the angel’s appearance with great news of joy.
It swelled with the praises to God in the highest
because of the coming of this holy baby boy.

The shepherds hurried to find the infant
lying in a manger filled with hay.
Hope overflowed with love and amazement
on seeing the precious gift from God where He lay.

This hope gleams on in us today,
flickering, growing, steady and bright,
bringing joy and peace that Jesus conveys
into lives receptive to God’s holy light.

© Connie Arnold, 2017

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Each New Day Offers a Gift

Each new day offers a gift,
Something special about the day
To give the heart and soul a lift
And make life better in some way;
If you seek then you will find
That each day's gift will come to mind.
It may be sunshine through a cloud,
A rainbow glimpsed after the rain,
A friendly face in the midst of a crowd,
The sudden easing of a pain;
If you look around with a hopeful view,
The gift in your day will appear to you.

A gift may be in what you see,
Things you touch or what you hear,
The joy in simply being free,
The love of someone very dear;
If you take time to quietly pray,
God will reveal your gift today.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Like Flowers in the Spring

Through the winter bulbs are hiding in the shelter of the ground,
waiting until spring for their beauty to be found.
The tulips and the daffodils, with the hope they contain,
are filled with a promise that their beauty will remain.
Although they seem quite lifeless while their beauty cannot show,
when spring returns they slowly start to rise, bloom and grow.

We too can have the promise of springtime in each life,
when we can grow and blossom after facing pain and strife.
Although we often suffer, God will lovingly fulfill
His promise to creation that He is faithful still.
As we hold onto the hope, like flowers in the spring,
we will burst forth from our sorrows with a joyful song to sing.

© Connie Arnold
Excerpt of A Symphony of Seasons

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Don't Worry About Tomorrow

Don’t spend your time worrying
About what will come tomorrow,
Anticipating trouble
With dread or with sorrow,
Or let your anxieties
Keep you awake at night,
Cowering in the darkness,
Filled with pain and fright.

There’s no need to worry
Or to have a troubled soul,
But put your trust in God,
Knowing He is in control.
Release your anxieties
And get some peaceful rest,
Give your troubles to the Lord,
Who always knows what’s best.

Connie Arnold