Seek not peace, yet seek not strife, But be assured that all will be As God has set forth for all destiny. Come not looking for answers smooth To questions of life as yet unused. Live each day knowing that when The time has come for things undone, That all will unfold and all will be told, As those of old have seen and spoken From days long ago. L. Grimley
According to a Mexican legend, one day near Christmas a child who was too poor to buy a present for the Christ child picked a bouquet of weeds from the side of the road. When the child reached the church, the plant blossomed in beautiful red and green flowers.Beginning in the 17th century, monks in Mexico included the plant in their Christmas celebrations.
Beauty is fresh and as lovely
As be the flowers in springtime,
As they wobble their heads gently in the breeze,
As they slowly climb their way to the stars,
For only to see the purple aplomb
Of all the angels ‘round the lilacs fair.
Centered there amongst the stars
Is a d’lightful hand of jubilant giants
Of molded mounds of marigolds,
Sitting round the echoless sounds
Of daisies pleasantly pleased with
Their effortless ease in growing
And being the forefront of things.
As all the flowers perk alike
To the stars that be aglow with light,
Sifting and seeding the sky with love,
And showing all the flowers that be:
Now, yes now comes the time to sing,
As each little flower learns to bring
Its radiance of love to all above,
And to shower about their fragrance fair.
In sharing with nature their heavenly air.
Iona Abbey is located in the Inner Hebrides Islands on the Isle of Iona on the west side of Scotland. It is one of Scotland’s most historic and sacred sites, well worth seeing. It is very peaceful and beautiful. For more history on the buildings and crosses read here.
St. John’s Cross
Right behind the St. John’s cross is the St. Columba’s Shrine
Inside St. Columba’s Shrine
Here are some views inside the abbey.
I enjoyed this tour of Iona and Mull the best of all my sightseeing here in Scotland. Here is a view of the Forth Bridge and building of the new one on our way home.
Iona Nunnery is on the Isle of Iona in the Inner Hebrides Islands in Scotland. If you like medieval ruins this one is simply awe-inspiring. Here are some photographs from my visit. I also visited the Iona Abbey, but I will save those for another day.