Winter Don’t Go Quite Yet

redtwig dogwood, my yard, renton wa
outside in this open sky 
gratitude falls 
and
I hear:
more bird sounds,
echoing/answering
amidst the branches,
waking up to more light.
windchimes slight
in the breeze,
their delicate sound
a witness to the wind.

I see:
a dull palette of 
varying grays-
the distant view 
so very much
like yesterday–
Stark, empty branches
a sticking place 
for the hummingbird
whose darting ways
I can only glimpse
because there is no green yet.
 
A godsend,
this view
how the empty lines and limbs
make room for seeing
what else might
fall from the sky.
What have I been missing?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This post is a response to Chapter 5 ‘Sky/Gratitude’ from God in the Yard by LL Barkat. The words keep prompting me to see and hear in a completely new way.
Linking for the first time with “Tell His Story” 
over at Jennifer Lee’s…..because this is just the beginning.

5 thoughts on “Winter Don’t Go Quite Yet

  1. Beautiful post Jody; every season is a gift from God and we have to see the beauty in them all! I think this is the first post I have seen that appreciates winter; ha! Blessings to you for sharing and bringing me to an attitude of thankfulness for a season that I always wish away! 🙂

    But still…..happy spring!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
    Blessings and hugs,
    Denise

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  2. Jody- What a beautiful tribute to the season of winter and the God of the seasons! Lovely photo and such deep truth…I will be mulling this one over again and again…what am I missing by pressing on to the future…this moment is perfect in the Lord!

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  3. This is lovely, Jody. It's hard to hang onto joy and contentment in seasons not to our liking. For me, it's summer – the heavy, humid, oppressive summers of the deep south. I cling to winter and early spring and feel the pressure of summer's approach. We've already had days in the upper 80's – and I want to cry. It's one more reason why God gave me a camera. As I look back on my archived photos, the ones I love the most were taken during the summer. How grateful I am that He gives us eyes to see beauty (in winter for you and summer for me). xox

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  4. Well I do have to admit that the very first thing I saw outside my window this morning was a pair of cardinals, brilliant against the naked branches in which they perched.

    But still. Bring on some new life! Spring! Sun! Warmth! Color! 🙂

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