Roadside flowers

Praying, by Mary Oliver

“It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones, just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.”


Prayer can be as simple as noticing the details of our life and letting them be a doorway into thanks.


The theme of today’s photos is roadside flowers, sometimes called weeds. Being a photographer helps me to notice the details around me. I look for beauty in many places.


As we make our way through this different and sometimes difficult summer, let’s be cognizant of the many ways our lives are blessed and give thanks to God for life and the little details that give life joy and meaning.


“O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1)


2 thoughts on “Roadside flowers

  1. Good Afternoon Fr. Ron,
    I’ve always puzzled over what constitutes “weeds” versus “flowers”. As your photos indicate, the blooms on many “weeds” are beautiful.


    1. I’ve heard weeds defined as any plants in your garden that you don’t want!


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