SERVICEBERRY Amelanchier arborea

The Psalmist led the congregation of Israel to praise God for the beauty He provided in the fields, on the ridges and in the forests. In Psalms 65:10 we read, “You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.” Oh, what imagery: God softens it and blesses it. Whenever we have suffered an extended period of rain, two or three days of sun cause us to say, “Thank you, Lord.”

Today we focus on a shrub or small tree that blooms in early spring. Its blossoms resemble multiple strands of soft yarn. There is a gentleness in their softness that also reminds me of the Psalmist’s words, “you soften it with showers.”

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Orrin Morris is a retired Baptist minister, local artist and art teacher. To purchase a two-volume set of books featuring his wildflower columns, visit The Sketching Pad in Olde Town Conyers, or call 770-929-3697 or text 404-824-3697. Email him at