Sunflowers

“And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.”  Matthew 6:28-29

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The lure of thousands of sunflowers

Drew us to this place

This field of flowers

Their giant stems towering

Faces all turned in the same direction

Sunward

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The high heat and torrential rains of the past week

Finally beginning to wilt the bright yellow petals

Surrounding each bee-filled center like a golden halo

The flowers drooping slightly on their stems

As if in apology

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The sun burns our heads and backs and faces

High in the sky not much past noon

We could not wait for a gentler sun

The flowers are falling too quickly

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The girls are laughing

Their laughter mirrors the brightness of this place

Together they give one another confidence

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Picking wildflowers in the heat

Too hot to stay out long

A messy bouquet of riotous color

Messy and beautiful

Like the teens whose pictures I am taking

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I want so much for them to keep their joy

In this world that so desperately tries to steal it

For them to know they are beautiful

In a world that is trying to compare them to everyone else

Created in the image of God

A masterpiece

 

 

 

 

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