Five Possible Responses

Queen Anne’s Lace and spray paint on paper by Jacqueline Perry, 2012

Queen  Anne’s Lace appeared early this year. Too embarassed to bolding harvest the weed from the roadside, I’ve been passing it by. Walking by a weedy student rental today, I spotted lacy clusters thriving between the side walk and street. I plucked a few creamy white blossoms and kept walking…still feeling sheepish.

In his book, A Field Guide to Nature as Spiritual Practice by Steven Chase, “the theologian Dorothee Solle identifies five possible responses on seeing a flower”:


Oh, beautiful – I want it, but I will let it be!

Oh, beautiful – I want it, I will take it!

Oh, beautiful – I can sell it!


Have you had one of these responses lately?  To what were you responding?

About tobeamazed

My name is Jacqueline Perry. I am an artist and a pastor serving a congregation in the Midwest. In addition to my usual duties I lead art workshops as a way to explore lives of faith. Before I was ordained, I received an M.F.A in Painting from Boston University. I have been an art teacher and exhibited work over the years. Living on the Great Plains has awakened my love for nature. I am amazed by nature, art and people.
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3 Responses to Five Possible Responses

  1. Nan says:

    Sheepish? Why? Everything was given for our use. Make something extremely pretty!

  2. Jean says:

    Queen Anne’s lace was my grandmother’s favorite flower. I always think of her each spring when the blooms appear.

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