13 December: Strength in weakness


The lesser periwinkle, or vinca minor if we are being polite, can be relied on to provide a green carpet in semi-shaded corners of the garden, flourishing where dahlias or sunflowers would fail to thrive. This colony grows at the foot of a wall, in a 50 cm strip of land beside a public footpath. Chances are, there’ll be a flower or two if I go out looking today, and it suppresses all the weeds with little help from the gardeners.

It’s found its niche; it’s happy, and it delights any number of passers-by.

Something to aspire to.

 Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these. And if the grass of the field, which is to day, and to morrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 6: 28-30.


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