Consider How the Lilies Grow

The lilies of the field whose bloom is brief:—
We are as they;
Like them we fade away,
As doth a leaf.

The sparrows of the air of small account:
Our God doth view
Whether they fall or mount,—
He guards us too.

The lilies that do neither spin nor toil,
Yet are most fair:—
What profits all this care
And all this coil?

The birds that have no barn nor harvest-weeks;
God gives them food:—
Much more our Father seeks
To do us good.
~Christina Rossetti from “Consider”

…if I were a lily
I think I would wait all day
for the green face
of the hummingbird
to touch me.

~Mary Oliver from “Lilies”

Homer Smith: [the final English lesson] Oh, *I* built a chapel…

All of the sisters: *I* built a chapel.

Homer Smith: *You* built a chapel…

All of the sisters: *You* built a chapel.

Homer Smith: *We” built a chapel…

Mother Maria: [points to heaven] *He* built a chapel.

Homer Smith: [pause, then] Amen.
~Scene from “Lilies of the Field”

Wiser Lake Chapel (our church)

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty,
He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool,
and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
While God is marching on.
~Julia Ward Howe — final original verses of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”

We are Your lilies, the glory of this Sabbath morning.
Consider us, Oh Lord,
Consider us the tears borne of love from Your eyes,
So brief and so beautiful.

4 thoughts on “Consider How the Lilies Grow

  1. Thank you for the reminder of the last verses of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” The words are so special. I was in a high school choir that sang it in competition. I think I may have been the only Believer in the choir. Every time we got to “In the beauty of the lilies,” the tears started. I am sure everyone thought I was nuts. I finally learned to control myself but those verses, particularly when sung by a choir of fresh-faced young Marines, still bring on the tears. I loved your blog today on the “Lilies of the field.” So beautiful and true.

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  2. My first movie star crush was Sidney Poitier, from that very movie. 🙂
    I always enjoy your photos, poems, ponderings, and your memories which trigger memories of my own.
    Thank you!

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  3. your words and the most beautiful lilies i have ever seen are my birthday present today! thank you, dear sister, for your continued words and pictures that always tug at my heart, because His direction is so clear in your life. may He continue to shower blessings on you and yours!

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