No Witnesses

Do you notice how we feel less stressed when we are out in nature?

God placed our first parents in a garden.

Pink flowers, commonly called ‘Sea Thrift’, are now blooming in my garden. They are also called: ‘Mary’s Cushion’, or ‘Our Lady’s Cushion’.

According to Christian Legend, these flowers bloomed during the treacherous journey that Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus undertook when they were fleeing the rage of wicked King Herod, on their flight to Egypt.

The legend tells that these plants grew to provide a soft resting place, or cushion, for Mary and her divine Son.

This is plausible, since these hardy flowers also grow in the Middle East. They thrive in poor soil conditions, and are salt resistant.

However, there were no witnesses to authenticate whether this actually happened. We can imagine though, how God supernaturally blessed and protected the Holy Family when they were migrants on their way to Egypt. We walk by faith, and not by sight.

I enjoy spending time in this area of the garden. I pray for families, and also for migrants. Currently 65 million migrants are fleeing their countries due to war , poverty, and persecution.

God has a special care for all those who need to flee their homelands.

The statue, called : ‘Love’s Bond’, is by Timothy Schmalz.

48 thoughts on “No Witnesses

    1. Hi ! Actually they last a long time. These are just starting to bloom now, here in NL, but will last until August. They spread out like a little carpet, and return every year. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  1. Yes, “We walk by faith, and not by sight.” I wrote about that same topic today. Soul Sisters, indeed we are, Sally. God bless you! We Need Faith!! We need each other. Thank you for this beautiful post. I love those flowers and adore that statue. Beautiful!!

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    1. Some say :”walk by faith and not by sight . ”
      Well walk by both in a balanced way between your heart and mind , and seeking spiritual and , intellectual enlightenment…
      I do not think that spirituality should allow us to ignore physicality that though is not everything , exists in time space reality…
      God is timeless , formless and spaceless and we are spirits and having insights , vision side by side with checked faith is great to inspire us to be our greatest versionΒ  at the same time …

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    1. Yes, the fresh air and growing things helps us.
      I also have created a bird paradise here, although, by the sea, the birds are not colourful. I have Seagulls, four Crows, eight Starlings, and numerous tiny song Sparrows to create joyful music. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  2. The blooms are fabulous! There are so many and the color is deep and vibrant. Yes, you want to spend time among them. No stress there. It reminds me that God’s hand is so creative and nurturing.

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    1. The divine is in everyone and everything,
      After the winter comes the spring…
      Bells of joy start to ring
      And birds , in the sky , fly and sing
      A flying bird has a wing ,
      Every creation is like a king …
      See that your spirit can have joy like a child in a swing…

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  3. I feel most at rest and connected to God outside, too. My favorite thing is to sip coffee on the patio and listen to birds chirping in the trees. Sometimes God even sends a wild bunny to hop across my lawn and nibble on dandelions. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, so cute! A wild bunny! God knows exactly what will delight us. Yes, coffee on the patio is so nice. Thanks for sharing. That image of the bunny is very comforting. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  4. Hi Sally! WOW! I didn’t know about Sea Thrift-Mary’s Cushion which is very striking and hearty looking which I guess it has to be not being in a cushy hot house easy life environment. That’s a very beautiful arrangement with the statue and what a lovely setting that all makes to sit and meditate or pray! Our human societies are breaking apart and much of it due to malfeasance of many of the powerful around us who have become very corrupt and some quite dark souls, so this makes for a shattering or fracture I think of the social order or fabric of societies which if it continues much longer can’t end well. I hate to say it but I see many parallels now to the late 30’s leading up to WWII; and the so called socialism here or progressives are really fascists that are responsible for most of the mayhem here in the US. Funny you have this article about Jesus and his parents Mary and Joseph when just today I answered a question off the top of my head when someone said people with all of their depictions of Jesus having light hair, eyes and skin are wrong, and this guy had a photo of children in the Middle East who have dark features and he thinks people are wrong about the appearance of Jesus. Here is what I said, He would have been considered a Caucasian and I’ve known Jews, Greeks, Italians, Syrians, and Armenians etc. to have blue eyes. Besides Jesus is God Almighty in the humanity form, so He miraculously could have made his skin pink and eyes blue no sweat chief! Think about it! And, out of the gate you’re wrong about His parents, His only biological parent was Mary who carried the Immaculate Conception, so His parents were God! God made Jesus the way He wanted Him to look, not by biology and genetics! All of it was up to God and I’m sure He knew what He was doing!

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    1. Hi Lawrence ! Thanks for your comments. Yes, for sure, God does not say much about the physical appearances of people.
      I was meditating on this yesterday, in the garden.
      I was looking at some little blue ‘Forget-Me-Nots’, which traditionally, in Mary Gardens, represent Mary’s Eyes. But again, no one knows for sure what biblical characters looked like.
      I guess it is a reminder of that verse in Scripture : ‘Man looks at outward appearances, but God looks at the heart.’πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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      1. Hi Sally! I wanted to give this to you now. I will have to read all of this and catch up in a bit but I’m crying and have to go feed the wildlife here late because I was engrossed in putting out this message which I thought about you as I finished it and so then your notification just came and I wanted to let you know for now. I actually thought about you as I wrote a particular portion of this message today. You’ll understand why.

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      2. Thanks, Lawrence, for sharing this. I like your comments on this article too.
        I have more bird buddies here now too. They add life and beauty to the garden.
        I have four Crows, eight Starlings, and numerous song Sparrows. They like splashing in the water sprinkler, which is usually kept on, and which keeps everything green. Even one Gull was drinking fresh water yesterday.
        Water use is free here in NL. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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      3. Great! It sounds like you have a mini oasis going for some of our fine feathered friends there Sally! I do the same or actually used to leave a sprinkler on in a dense area under trees out back over the years until I set up a concrete cast bird bath which I typically didn’t want to provide because the water in it gets filthy and splashed out mostly as the day goes on. But I set up a water line running to the bird bath and with the end of a hose sitting attached atop the bath bowl so I now leave the water on with a little trickle which continues to replace the water continually keeping it clear and happy for all the birds to drink and bathe in. But, if the water is plentiful and free there then a sprinkler is actually great for the birds, as they really enjoy it and at the same time, as you said; helps keep everything as far as vegetation green and healthy too! Those song sparrows must be singing happy tunes when around and sounds beautiful doesn’t it! Crows are smart and interesting guys and gals and I actually like how they squawk loud chirps or that caw-caw almost like the idea of a dog barking if it was a bird, lol! Starlings here are fun to listen to when they congregate and feed on suet and seed I leave for them making quite a squawking, squeaky, screechy racket as if they are all saying yummy this is good but let me get in there for some! Keep enjoying our wildlife as you do, and it really makes life more bearable to share their natural experiences! πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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      4. Yes, for sure, thanks, Lawrence ! The comforts of being in nature, and seeing the little creatures in God’s creation helps to calm us when world events seem chaotic. πŸ€—πŸŒ·


      5. πŸŒ·πŸ€— All so true and again something I never heard of before until you once again told me; now about the ‘Forget-Me-Nots’, and you’re right about that which God said about man looks at outward appearances; when in essence the soul is what the person is all about and God knows us all through our hearts and will judge us accordingly. This world here on earth is so limited and imperfect, so I think it would be wrong for any of us to presuppose anyway what happens to appearances in Heaven and how this all sifts out or how that would work, because now we are attempting to relate to the all-knowing omnipotence of God Himself in His glory and perfection which is absolutely impossible to do; so whatever the end result of we spiritual beings will be if we are found worthy to be with Him, it will then make complete sense the full expression of all this concept of appearances and reality of God’s awesome all-encompassing endless power and love and it will be so magnificent beyond anything humans are capable of imagining let alone representing it in any form or look that we derive from our minds. I’m happy to hear you did that in your garden yesterday and that you enjoy, while it is in season, because, God of course loves gardens he created the original special one for Adam and Eve placing them in one which he wanted man connected to for whatever reasons beyond eating I suspect; now we can try to create our own simple garden expression filling it with love, beauty and thanks for all God has already given to us. Amen.

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      6. Thank you! And you’re always welcome Sally!

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  5. Gorgeous flowers. The color is so vibrant. The statue is lovely too. I took a friend to a park on Friday afternoon and it was just great to walk around then sit on a bench under the shade of a large tree just soaking in the quiet and life of the nature around us. I could have sat there forever except we had to get back to the city.

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  6. β™‘ I Love The Picture; it Reminds Us ALL of how Mother Nature (Goddess) Cradles “God” so He Can Cradle Their Children


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  7. Beautiful. I find being out in nature to be extremely therapeutic. There is a peace in nature – even in a storm – and it always reminds me that God is so much greater and more powerful than us puny human being. He created an amazing world for us to enjoy, free of charge, independent of our race, age or social status.

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    1. Yes, there is such great peace in nature, and, as you wisely say, it is free of charge. I have just been observing a mother duck sitting in some tall grass. As I watched her, very quietly, the tall grass moved, and three ducklings appeared.
      A great blessing, and free! πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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