“The look the Shepherd turned on her was very beautiful. ‘Nothing my Father and I have made is ever wasted,’ he said quietly, ‘and the little wildflowers have a wonderful lesson to teach. They offer themselves so sweetly and confidently and willingly, even if it seems that there is no one to appreciate them. Just as though they sing a joyous little song to themselves, that it is so happy to love, even though one is not loved in return… all the fairest beauties in the human soul, it’s greatest victories, and it’s most splendid achievements are always those which no one else knows anything about, or can only dimly guess at.’” Hannah Hurnard
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“Then I went to the garden and this is what I did: I picked peonies, all the peonies, in shades of pink and and magenta and cloud white, because, true, there were a million other things to do, but this is the one time of year that the peonies come, and you have to pay attention and make space for the gathering or you can miss out on your life’s union with holy beauty.” Ann Voskamp
“I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten—
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm—
my great army that I sent among you.
You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,
and you will praise the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders for you;
never again will my people be shamed.
Then you will know that I am in Israel,
that I am the Lord your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.”
Joel 2:25-27, NIV
“Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the Lord has done great things! Do not be afraid, you wild animals, for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green. The trees are bearing their fruit; the fig tree and the vine yield their riches. Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Joel 2:19; 21-23, NIV