Several days of bright sunshine are the perfect invitation to get outdoors, even if the wind still carries the chill of late winter. I had accepted the invitation and was returning to the house after picking up some trash that littered the roadside. As I approached the front door my eye was caught by a blast of color next to the steps. Nestled in the winter detritus of the flower bed were two mini-irises in full bloom: lenten purple elegance touched by tiny tongues of gold. Apparently the steps had protected them from the winter blasts and the south-facing flower bed held enough of the sun’s warmth that they figured it was time to show their glory. What a wonderful reminder that after winter, after a year of pandemic, life and living will win out. The glory of God is the person fully alive.
— Blog entry and photo by Sister Joyce Lehman