Be a friend

Chapters 23 to 27 of 1 Chronicles do not make the most interesting of reading for most of us. We find long lists people who were organized to do work that was needed in the temple, which Solomon would build. It would seem that David was a good organizer.

In 1 Chronicles 23 we have the Levites organized to do various work, both in the temple and to serve as judges. 1 Chronicles 24 details the organization of the priests as well as the remaining Levites. In 1 Chronicles 25 the musicians are organized – of note is the mention of “Heman,” “Asaph,” and “Jeduthun,” all of whom were in some way involved with the Psalms, either writing them (Heman and Asaph) or possibly composing music for them (Jeduthun – several Psalms are identified as “according to Jeduthun”). Although not mentioned here, the sons of Korah were also involved in writing many of the Psalms and served in the tabernacle. Continue reading “Be a friend”

True confessions

Broken, battered,  fallen plants. It’s a natural way of life. They grow anyway, usually.

A windstorm can snap off a brittle stem or flatten a stand of wild grasses or wheat. A hailstorm can rip off flower petals as well as any angry toddler.

When the storm passes, the stems grow upward again. Often they climb a nearby plant for support, whether or not that companion was likewise damaged. Sometimes the support is mutual, and the intertwined stems do together what they could not do alone.

It is not uncommon to find vining plants knocked off their trellises after a storm. Continue reading “True confessions”

Two are better than one


The biggest attraction in a drift of daylilies, chrysanthemums, coreopsis, or iris is how plentiful the blooms are. The propagation experts and hybridizers refer to it as “bud count” or “bloom count.” A plant will win prizes when the blooms are profuse and cover the foliage.

The same goes for people. Sometimes it’s just better with a few more. Continue reading “Two are better than one”