‘Like the Garden of the Lord’ (Isa. 51:3)
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“‘Like the Garden of the Lord’ (Isa. 51:3)” Ensign, Apr. 1997, 11

“Like the Garden of the Lord” (Isa. 51:3)

There is something holy

about the desert in spring.

The prophecy of last year’s seeds

is fulfilled in a measure of color

dazzling as revelation.

Saguaro raise their arms to heaven

and receive blessings

of white blossoms.

Gold fire burns brittlebush;

lupine spreads lavender peace

on thorny hillsides,

and in an atonement of red,

extending like a prayer

on the tips of ocotillo,

tracing the veins of phlox,

staining the desert floor

with clusters of scarlet bugler,

I find, despite the hard judgment

of stone and sun, mercy

and a promise of resurrection.

Background: Photo by Kent Miles; Inset: Photo © Tony Stone Images/Gary Braasch