Comfort and Joy

Good Friday is the most solemn day on the Christian calendar. 

We remember and we grieve. 

I believe these blossoms are flowering plum.

We look at our world and we grieve. So many martyrs. Broken hearts. Oppression and hatred. Disease. A pandemic. 
The almond bush has frilly pink blooms

But grief and joy are not mutually exclusive. It is possible to experience both. At the same time

Daffodils cheerfully welcome spring

This is Easter. Overwhelming sorrow turns to great joy.  "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen." Luke 24:5-6

The red bud tree signals a new garden year.

It occurs to me that in some small way flowers are equally at home with the grieving and the rejoicing. And so among these flower photos I hope you will find my Easter blessing for you: Comfort and joy.

Bees (do you see it?) love the crabapple tree blossoms. 

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