For the sunshine,IMG_4292
the iris,
the thousand shades of green,
I give you deep thanks, O God.

Let me live in gratitude
for the abundance of Your creation:
abundant beauty;
abundant provision;
abundant life.

Let me rest, this day, in appreciation
for what is solid beneath my feet;
for the oxygen in the air I breathe;
for the warmth on my skin;
for the birds singing to each other above my head.

For the rich soil,
the oak tree,
the thousand shades of blue,
I give you deep thanks, O God.


Rev. Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. She is grateful that spring as finally come to her part of the world–and hopes it will stay around for a few weeks before summer arrives. She blogs at

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