Scripture: Isaiah 40:8 (CEB), 8 The grass dries up; the flower withers, but our God’s word will exist forever.
Reflection & Challenge Question(s): When was the last time you bought somebody a rose? One of my favorite business philosopher’s once said “A rose on time is more valuable than a $1,000 gift that’s too late.” — Jim Rohn. But that said, roses eventually fade, but our love should endure for a lifetime, just as God’s love endures forever. If you want your relationships to really blossom, then you need to make sure your relationship is centered around God and spiritual principals, and committed, or eventually when the rose withers, you’ll be left with nothing but the thorns, and that’s when things get sticky, and truly hurt. Let me encourage you to remember that God is Super Natural Rose, that represents love, an agape love that truly endures and last forever.
Prayer: By Loynaz, Dulce Maria
The Rose’s Prayer
Our Father who art in the earth; in the strong
and lovely earth;
in the good earth:
Hallowed be thy name
that no one knows; that this silence
never dared pronounce;
this slight and delicate silence . . ., this
silence which, in this world,
we, the roses,
are. . . .
Thy promised kingdom come
to us as well, the small
sweet flowers of the earth. . . .
Thy will be done in us, though it
be that our lives last only
a single afternoon. . . .
Give us on this, our only day,
our daily sun. . . .
Forgive us our debts—
of scent that weakens bit by bit
of nectar that cannot quench
the thirst of two honeybees . . . —
as we forgive our debtors, the men
who cut us, who sell us, who carry us
to their lugubrious lies,
their clumsy, their insipid parties. . . .
Lead us not
into the temptation of ever desiring
empty words—the jangling bells
of words! . . .
nor feet to move
with hastened step,
nor dark hearts, such
as animals have, that rot away. . . .
But deliver us from evil.