Flowers and Trust

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. ~Chinese Proverb

Why is it that we labor extensively over choosing flowers, planting them, locating them in what should be ideal spots, watering and fertilizing them, and even talking to them, only to have this happen:

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Hope

Mired in darkness,
Gasping for air,
Overpowering tremors,
Haunting memories.
When will it end?

Restless sleep,
Relentless nightmares.
No peace by day,
No calm at night.
Bone-weary exhaustion.

A point of light appears
Far in the distance,
A beacon of hope
Is glimmering.
Hard to stay blue forever.

Taking baby steps
Toward normalcy.
Learning to trust
Through sheer willpower.
Don’t hurt me again.

Like Rabbits

There is much in the world to make us afraid.  There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid.  ~Frederick W. Cropp, Presbyterian pastor, United States

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On edge.
Alert.
Waiting for
The other shoe to drop.
We tiptoe through Life
Like rabbits.
Afraid
Of what hides in the dark
Or what’s right before us.
Saturated with bad news —
Stormy weather,
Senseless shootings,
Poverty, and disease.
Who put us in charge?
Much remains outside
Our control.
We do the best we can
With what we can
For as long as we can
And leave the rest
To a Higher Power.
Trembling but trusting
Like the rabbits do.

Start Seeing Miracles

A few weeks ago, my mom saw a fuchsia hanging basket and she had to have it.

In fact, she had to have two.

What’s not to like about fuchsia? They make lovely pink and purple flowers which cascade delicately over the side of a container.

Hanging fuchsia plant

Hanging fuchsia plant

The day we brought home our find, the “fun” started.

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