March. Fields of daffodils, sunshine, cloud and changing light lift the spirits.
Gangs of pickers dwarfed by the open landscape busily bunch the blooms. Some will shortly become gifts to cheer and encourage.
“The Lord loves a cheerful giver,” declared St Paul. No doubt he also smiles upon bringers of cheer.
A welcoming visitor to one of our new homes in Lincolnshire presented an unusually wrapped gift. “You’ll need this, don’t forget,” they said.
Opening the brown paper bag, we smiled, before finding a spot for the narcissus bulbs a short distance from the front door.
In the years that followed, cheerfulness bloomed each spring.
“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken,” reads an Old Testament proverb.
It sums up a timeless truth.
Together with courage, determination and unselfishness, cheerfulness builds team spirit and strengthens resolve.
Mothering Sunday at Broad Street Methodist Church and many other places of worship will be cheered by bunches of daffodils.