Charles Dickens began "A Tale of Two Cities" stating, "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." That is the way I look at the current situation -- locally, nationally and internationally.
There are many very good things happening all about us and around the world. At the same time there are some terrible things occurring. We make a serious mistake if we focus on one at the exclusion of the other.
A verse in Psalm 118 has been a guide for me since I was taught to memorize it in Sunday School more than 70 years ago. "This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it" (v. 24).
This is not a Pollyanna response but a challenge to accept the fact that God gives life. If He wanted me to live in another era, He would have so chosen. Thus, I view the "this day" as His affirmation that my uniqueness is needed now to make a difference.
Since I am His adopted child by grace, I have tasks to perform that should benefit those with whom I have a relationship.
Make this verse a buffer against being overwhelmed by the evil about us, because "This is the day which the Lord has made..."
And, speaking of days, let us examine the common daylily.
The orange daylily is the lazy gardeners best friend. These flowers that range from 2 to 6 feet tall require very little attention. They adapt to whatever water is available and multiply year after year.
The wild daylily is a hybrid from the Eurasian species. It does not produce seeds as other species of the lily family.
Instead, it spreads from the tough rootstocks. When the rootstock of these daylilies must be divided, a hatchet or limb saw is needed. They are unlike the bulbs or corms of the other lilies that are more easily divided by hand.
Another difference within the lily family that should be noted about the daylily is the way it blooms on a single leafless stalk. Stalks on other lilies have various configurations of leaves in whorls (Turk's-cap lily), opposites (tiger lily) and triplets (most trilliums). The leaves of the daylily are long and sword-like, rising from the base of the stalk.
A third difference is that the daylily bloom is short-lived. The rusty-orange bloom is trumpet-shaped and generally has six petals. It normally blooms from May to July, but with mild seasons it often starts earlier and ends later.
The habitat includes fields and waste places. When driving around the backroads of our area one can find large clusters of daylilies. Such clusters usually indicate the site of a former homestead. Take a moment and see if there is a large ancient oak that once sheltered the demolished house or maybe there is an abandoned rock chimney.
Those sites mark the era of another person's day. This day is yours. Rejoice that God has counted you worthy to serve Him now.
Orrin Morris is a retired Baptist minister, local artist and art teacher. Notecards are available of the wildflowers published in the Citizen. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 770-929-3697.