Shakespeare’s Birthday: the Uncertain Glory of an April Day


Snowy Tulips

History records Shakespeare’s baptism as April 26 and his death as April 23; thus most textbooks list his birth and death dates as April 23, 1564 and April 23, 1616. In view of the freakish winter storm that has raged all night and day here in the mountains of Maryland, I thought I’d share this quote from a lesser known play by the Bard of Avon:

“. . . The uncertain glory of an April day;
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And by and by a cloud takes all away.”                          The Two Gentlemen of Verona (I, iii, 84-87)

No sun appeared today, and since this photo, taken at 8 am Monday morning, snow has continued to fall all day. But consider how God blessed this April day with His glory:

*Dave got a beautiful walk to the mailbox.

*I got a day to rest, read and write in front of the fireplace after a glorious weekend of celebrating at a baby shower and then singing glorious music.

*The stillness of the day reminded me to “Be still and know that I am God.”

*The whiteness — like cotton balls sitting on tree limbs –reminded me that “Our sins have been washed whiter than snow.”

*Our pastor got a day off school so he could work on his sermons for an upcoming mission trip to China.

*Great thanksgiving rises from within for this snowy day in April.

Snow Day
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