Flowers

Monday, May 30, 2022
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Listen while you read: "In The Garden"1 (Lyrics)

Isaiah 40:8 – The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. (NKJV)

Matthew 6:28-30 – So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (NKJV)

Bible verses about flowers are key for reminding us of the beauty of God's creation and His provision for our needs. In contrast, while the flower eventually fades, Jesus' love for us never does.

In the northern hemisphere, spring is the time of year when one frequently hears the proverb, "April showers bring May flowers."

You may be like me and have limited knowledge of flowers and how to help them grow and flourish. Or you may be like some of my friends, capable of encouraging successful blooming. In either case, I think that it is an almost universal fact that flowers make us feel better, whether they are singular or in a large setting. Flowers are a wonderful gift from God.

Flowers can be a non-verbal expression of love, sympathy, encouragement, or condolence that we often give and sometimes gratefully receive. For years, an elderly couple at our church faithfully delivered a potted plant to anyone who was sick or shut-in. It was a simple but powerful ministry that Eva and Fred performed.

I also observed the effect of flowers in 1991 when my seventh grandchild arrived. Matthew was a beautiful baby, but he had difficulty breathing, and after three days, God took him home. This was particularly difficult, not just for the parents, but for his three young siblings. Their home was almost overwhelmed by an abundance of flowers.

Who might God be prompting us to encourage with flowers today?

While we use flowers to express love for others, I marvel at how God communicates with us through nature, as expressed in 1912 by Austin Miles (1868-1946).

    I come to the garden alone
    While the dew is still on the roses,
    And the voice I hear falling on my ear
    The Son of God discloses.

    And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
    And He tells me I am His own;
    And the joy we share as we tarry there,
    None other has ever known.

Prayer: Dear Father, thank You for the beauty that You give us in nature. Thanks also for the opportunities to share that beauty with others. May we always be ready to share the love of Jesus in all we do. In His name, we pray. Amen.

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Vincent Walter <vwalter@bell.net>
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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thank you, Martin.


    Thanks for the good reminder, Vince.


    Thanks, Vince, for your well-written devotional today. Blessings.


    Thank you, Vincent. Here’s an example of what God’s work in nature for your enjoyment.


    For sure, Vincent, God gave us a beautiful floral world to live in….even the desert cactus blooms! Blessings.


    Thank you for the beautiful post, Vincent. An important reminder to us and a lovely tribute to your grandson. God bless!


    Sorry to hear about Matthew, Vincent. God was in it as we both know. I have tried and failed to write about flowers. You have succeeded.


    Thanks, Vince, for this. My husband is a Gardner and every spring he prepares our property for a beautiful summer for our family and friends to enjoy.


    Good morning…
    Another great one. Love this song. I sing it different times at home or in the car…. Love it. My grandmother’s favorite or one of them. God bless.


    Thanks for this encouraging Devotional.
    What flowers will I choose?
    Who will I give them to?
    Bless, for provoking me to action,
    (BC)


    This past winter was hard. Snow and ice covered the garden, the sidewalk and made life hard. Then in March I saw the tulips beginning to peak from under the snow. By Easter I gave bouquets of tulips to family and friends. The beauty of God’s creation brings hope and joy.


    Thank you for today’s devotional. I just lost my husband and today was an extremely hard day. But all day long the song In The Garden was playing in my head. When I read your devotional tonight and saw the words there it brought me some peace. My husband loved to garden, and I believe God was letting me know that he’s at peace now and happy gardening.


    Good morning, Vincent
    Thank you for your good words this morning. I, like you, am not that good at growing flowers, although I do alright with roses, and so I should, my father was a commercial rose grower. It was his only source of income. Perhaps a little wee bit rubbed off on me.
    Blessings.


    Good morning, Vince,
    A lovely message about the beauty that God surrounds us with and enjoying it can remind us of the love of Jesus. We can share that love with others as you encourage us to do.
    Thank you for reminding us of the importance of flowers in our lives on many different occasions. I hope you have a chance today to be in some nature and commune with God. Blessings.


    Always a joy reading your thoughts, Vince.


    Dear Vincent ,
    Thank you. Simply thank you for sharing your PresbyCan Daily Devotional story “Flowers”.


    Good evening Sir,
    Thank-you once again for your devotional. I tried to sing the beautiful hymn but did so with a squeaky voice. That hymn was one of my grandmother’s favorites. My husband and I are in our 70’s and have been quarantined with Covid while on vacation in our hotel in BC. We are on day 5 so tomorrow we will be allowed out of our room again. Thank-you for your consideration. God bless!


    Amen Brother!
    Blessings.

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