Beck

The season of rebirth always lifts my spirits

“When through the woods and forest glades I wander,

and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;

when I look down from lofty mountain grandeur

and hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze;

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee;

how great thou art, how great thou art!”

– Stuart K. Hine, “How Great Thou Art”

Springtime is one of my favorite times of the year, but all the seasons have something good. In the spring I watch for a variety of birds as they return, and, with anticipation, wait for the first daffodils to bloom. 

As I write this, springtime is truly here, and I have had the opportunity to walk through the woods, and dig up and transplant perennials and shrubs. For me it is a wonderful time, even though my body has complained about the digging. I remember that my mother had some of her favorite plants: her roses along the driveway of our home, the perennials in her flower boxes, and of course the first daffodils of spring. I have been blessed to have wandered through the woods of three continents and a variety of climates, and have been amazed by the beauty there as well as here.

“Then sings my soul, my Savior God to thee; how great thou art!” In the springtime I watch for the miracles that God has shown to me. I am amazed at the beauty of springtime! 

I am amazed by the sights, the smells, the sounds that greet me as I wander. I am amazed by the beauty of the rebirth of our Earth! I am amazed by the Artist, the Biologist, the Sculptor, the ALL … the amazing being that is our God!

In this season of rebirth and Resurrection, may you be truly blessed.

Bob Beck is Commander of OR VFW District 13, Creswell VFW Post 4039, and a lay leader at his church.