Thursday, April 4, 2013

See, the Winter is Past

'Arise, My beloved, My beautiful one, and come!
For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth.
the time of pruning the vines has come,
and the song of the dove is heard in our land.

The fig tree puts forth its figs, 
and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.  

Arise, My beloved, 
My beautiful one,
and come!'

Song of Songs 2:10-13

Painting: Bidau, Eugene; A Peacock and Doves in a Garden, 1888 


  1. Nancy,

    Here, it is raining and cool and we are definitely heading into winter, and you are posting about spring and new life! Maybe your posts will keep me warm during our cold season. It's strange being out of sync with most of you. We're galloping ahead in time, our summer already gone. I can really see how Easter fits in so well with spring: new life everywhere. I love the words you have quoted. I guess we can hear the call to new life any time of the year.

    Such a gorgeous painting!

    Thank you so much for your giggly comment on my last post. I haven't yet replied but I will. I'm supposed to be doing my morning chores and got distracted by your post!

    See you later! God bless!

    1. Sue, it's cool here as well, and if I look out my window I do NOT see what's in this painting! Well, except for daffodils in full bloom.. their bright yellow blossoms survived a recent snowfall. But spring temps are in the forecast, and all day long I've been hearing the most wonderful cheery bird....

      God bless you too!

  2. Stunning picture! Is that wisteria in the background, Nancy? It has such lovely flowers. We have beautiful jacaranda trees and tibouchina bushes over here. They have gorgeous purple flowers, too. They don't last long but, in a way, that makes them special - we ooh and aha over them while they're here and they're gone before we can take them for granted.

    God bless, Nancy:-)

    1. I hate to admit it, but I don't think I could recognize wisteria! I don't know the specific flora you mentioned, but was in your gorgeous land once just as spring began, and caught the profusion of wildflowers in W.A. Kangaroo paws, wattle, banksia, geraldton wax, boronia, orchids... ahhh...

      I now look forward to lilacs here (more than a month from now), and huge fragrant peony blooms.

      Thanks, Vicky!

  3. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this verse from Song of Songs! (Though sometimes I wonder if the pruning will ever end...)

    There's still snow in my yard! I think things are supposed to warm up a bit over the next few days though :) Meanwhile, I can look at flower

    1. I love this also, Mary... it's one of my tip top favorite Scriptures.

      Yes, the flower pics can carry us over, can't they? I do love snow as well (to look at, not to walk or drive in), but by April I'm ready to see some blossoms for a change!

  4. Both the picture and the verse are beautiful! The pruning, well: ouch! Ha!

    1. Yeah, I sort of overlook the pruning part... :) !

      Thanks, Monica.