Monday’s child is fair of face Tuesday’s child is full of grace Wednesday’s child is full of woe Thursday’s child has far to go Friday’s child is loving and giving Saturday’s child works hard for his living And the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
I remember coming across it when my children were little. I have a child that was born on Monday, on Tuesday and on Wednesday. Yes, Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, but Wednesday’s child is a joyful blessing—not full of woe.
The rhyme is associated with ancient fortune telling ideas. Children are a gift from God. Every day is a good day for new life. Every season—spring, summer, fall and winter. One of my children was born in the spring, one in summer and one in the fall. I am most blessed by the family God has given.
It is March 1st and spring is coming. The temperatures are still up and down, but I am beginning to have garden thoughts. I am looking forward to seeing the blooms from the bulbs I planted last fall.
The delight offered by gardens has been expressed over hundreds of years. I have collected some quotes.
The first garden was described in the Book of Genesis.
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Genesis 2:15
Gardens bring us in contact with nature, created by God.
When I go into my garden . . . All the cares, perplexities, and griefs of existence, all of the burdens of life slip from my shoulders and leave me with the heart of a little child that asks nothing beyond its present moment of innocent bliss. Celia Thaxter (1835 – 1894)
We still have snow on the ground. Yet, new life is stirring and will soon appear.
Beneath the crisp and wintry carpet hid a million buds but stay their blossoming; and trustful birds have built their nests amid the shuddering boughs, and only wait to sing till one soft shower from the south shall bid, and hither tempt the pilgrim steps of Spring. Robert Bridges (1845 – 1931)
My daughter and I enjoyed reading The Secret Garden by Francis Burnett ( 1849 – 1924). Here is a quote from the book.
They had come upon a whole clump of crocuses burst into purple and gold. Mary bent her face down and kissed them. “You never kiss a person that way,” she said when she lifted her head. “Flowers are so different.”
Jesus mentioned flowers during the Sermon on the Mount.
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Matthew 6: 28b-29
I like to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, thru which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in. George Washington Carver (1860 – 1943)
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The mild fall that we have had has allowed me to spend more time in the yard. I have been planting and transplanting and raking leaves. My husband was working also, creating piles of branches.
He has a chain saw and after he took down one tree he found lots of branches to trim. Something about climbing ladders and using the saw—I saw the boy in my husband. The clean-up was not as interesting, so I became involved.
As I cut up branches and filled yard bags I discovered something I hadn’t noticed before. All the branches had buds for the spring. I looked at the cherry tree and the maple tree and saw the promise of spring already on the limbs.
I walked around to the cottonwood tree. The buds weren’t as noticeable, but they were there. When winter comes, God is already planning for spring.
The promise of spring is in the Bible. Can you imagine what it was like to be a disciple at the Last Supper with Jesus? After Judas left Jesus explained that he was going away.
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow me afterward.” John 13: 36
The winter was coming, but not without the promise of spring.
“Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14: 1-3
We may become depressed with the chaos in our culture. It may be like winter. God is still sovereign, and Jesus asks us to be obedient. God has planned the seasons of life and the return of Jesus Christ.