His Banner Over Us is Love
Many shades of meanings of beauty, strength and protection inspired this month's poem "His Banner Over Us is Love."
Irises standing tall and proud at Memorial Day remind me to think of those who have given their lives in preserving the freedom and values represented by our country's flag. I also think of the colors, the standard, of The One whose banner over us is love.
He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love
[for love waved as a protecting and
comforting banner over my head
when I was near him].
Song of Solomon 4:5
We who live in democracies may not have reflected upon what is meant by being under a sovereign's standard. However, we do pledge allegiance to our flag and realize the meaning accorded to our colors.
These nuances are captured in a review of an Horticulture Magazine article.
IRISES PLAY A SPECTACULAR ROLE in spring's glorious celebration. In the eyes of many gardeners, the rainbow of tall bearded irises is the most spectacular show of the season. Not only do these irises come in colors that range from whites through almost-reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, blues, and lavenders to almost black, they also come in many exquisite combinations and patterns of colors.*
Blend these many ideas and the picture and words of this month's poem take shape.
His Banner Over Us is Love
God's eloquent flags,
royal purple and
in the springtime
our Creator's magnificence
Breathe in the fragrance
of our King,
knowing his banner
© 2003 Nancy Spiegelberg
Tall Bearded Irises
05-01-1999; Horticulture, The Art of American Gardening;
BARBARA PERRY LAWTON
Merriam-Webster's definition of standard is:
1. a conspicuous object (as a banner) formerly carried at the top of a pole and used to mark a rallying point especially in battle or to serve as an emblem
2. a : a long narrow tapering flag that is personal to an individual or corporation and bears heraldic devices
b : the personal flag of the head of a state or of a member of a royal family
c : an organization flag carried by a mounted or motorized military unit: BANNER
Colors can be: an identifying badge, pennant, or flag - usually used in plural
Banner is defined:
1 a : a piece of cloth attached by one edge to a staff and used by a leader (as a monarch or feudal lord) as his standard
2 b : Flag
Flag can be: 1 : a usually rectangular piece of fabric of distinctive design that is used as a symbol (as of a nation), as a signaling device, or as a decoration.
Flag is also:
Etymology: Middle English flagge reed, rush
Date: 14th century
: any of various monocotyledonous plants with long ensiform leaves: as a : IRIS
Iris is: any of numerous wild or cultivated irises with a growth of short hairs on each fall