2nd April – A Prayer for Today

The maple tree that (against advice) I cut back in the autumn
has, at last, a tint of colour as buds begin to open.
My (reckless) end of season ‘pruning into shape’
and now the breaking out of leaf
sets a reddish arch before the dull grey sky.

For this season of new growth
we thank you Lord.

For natures capacity to make new and repair
we thank you Lord.

For the day-by-day transformations in garden and field
we thank you Lord.

And as we look forward to sunnier days,
the warm colour palette of springtime,
may we be hope-filled.

Michael Mays