July 18, 2003


image copyright Fred First

"Consider the lily of the fields; they toil not, neither do they spin. But Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these".

It has been a difficult month. We have lost a good friend in the passing of Buster. (And I am realizing what a good listener he was to me). Lightning blasted our television receiver. My computer died. The new, expensive replacement computer died. My joints are not happy.

In every earthly beauty and good, there is the possibility... the inevitability... of their opposite. We live in a world where things fall apart and any human goodness or joy is not destined to be pure. Only God is Good.

The hillsides during this trying month have been cloaked in dazzling display of Rhododendrons, adding color and light to the dark summer forest. Now, the ground is littered with fallen petals, their glory past for another year. I find myself lamenting the loss more than celebrating their brief beauty. I need an attitude adjustment:

Philipians 4:8 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Posted by fred1st at July 18, 2003 07:51 AM | TrackBack

Take a minute and go back to the place from whence those petals fell. You may need a magnifying glass. Look closely. You should see the seeds. They can last for a hundred years. When they land in auspicious circumstances they sprout and bloom anew. When you look at the petals you see what has passed. Look at fruit and see the future.

Posted by: punctilious at July 18, 2003 10:50 PM

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