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William B. Rice
On a day such as this may a great change come upon us. The sounds we have
been hearing have been discordant; the sights we have been seeing have been
violent; the words we have been reading have been hateful. All this has been
wearying, discouraging and distracting. In our hearts we had a dream of love and
in our minds we had a pattern of community, but this has been a sorry season of
discontent, most difficult for visions.
Today is a new day: truly an hour for hope and joy and gladness. Let us
be thankful for the persistence of flowers, and open ourselves to their long
wisdom. Often they grow in spite of terrible winters and miserable summers.
Strange beauty greets us in unexpected places, as if there is a particular grace
that is stronger than our carelessness and indifference. But when we tend our
gardens with love and care, the reward can be greater than the effort.
It is most wise to combine flowers and children in a day of celebration,
for flowers and children ever speak to us of wonders and glories yet to be, of
hopes fulfilled if we tend our gardens and our homes with patience and wisdom
Let us be silent together.
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Last updated on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.
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