The flowers of May are the Lily of the Valley, which symbolises the return of happiness, alongside the Hawthorn, which means hope – how apt as we look forward to the longer, warmer days of summer. In Matthew 6:28–31, a simple and profound idea is presented: “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.” 

In recognising our human limitations and trusting in God, we are rewarded in many different ways: through relationships, in prayer and, of course, with natural beauty – such as flowers. Their impermanence magnifies their beauty, and their fleeting form make us thankful for the gift of life on earth. We experience God’s divine grace, knowing that he will care for us, give us rest and strengthen us. May is a festival for the senses, and the temporal nature of flowers highlights the importance of being present. I hope and pray that the beauty of this month strengthens and comforts you.

Lord, may love fill our hearts anew; may grace and goodness guide our hearts.

Father, you are righteous; rekindle us with your peace.

Lord God, may joy awaken our spirits anew; may simplicity and truth always support us.

Father, you are everlasting; quieten all within us that is not of you.

Loving Father, we thank you for the

gifts of nature,

For the beauty you bestow upon us and the life you bless us with.