"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork." (Ps. 19:1)
I smiled when I saw the first flower of Spring the other day. A
lone Blue Bonnet had popped
its head through the ground and was looking around on a cool, April morning. I wasn't sure what had made it finally decide to end its long, Winter's sleep. Perhaps it
had noticed that the ground around it was no longer frozen. Perhaps it had felt the warmth of the
sunshine finally pushing the temperatures into the seventies. Perhaps it had heard the songs of
the birds singing that Spring had arrived and it was time for the world to awaken again.
Perhaps the roots of the trees had whispered to it that it was now safe to come out and that their own
limbs were already budding.
Whatever the reason it was a joy to see the little guy soaking up the
light and calling out to its fellow flowers to join in the celebration of life once again. I know
that soon it will be joined by other Blue Bonnets, Buttercups, Tulips, Daffodils, and Dandelions. I
know that soon the air will be full of Butterflies dancing above them all. I know that soon the
meadows will be full of growing grass and the forested hills will be awash in bright, green
leaves. I know that soon the mountains of my home will once again be alive with the glory of God's
We too are a part of that creation, but unlike the flowers in the field
we have the ability to bloom even when the world around us is cold, dark, and harsh. We have
the ability to share our beauty in the face of ugliness, our joy in the face of fear, and our
love in the face of hate. We have the ability to make every day feel like the first day of Spring.
May you bloom well then today and always. May you shine your light. May
you share your love. May you be truly alive in the glory of God's creation. And may you
forever make your Heavenly Father smile.
Joseph J. Mazzella