When we were in Baton Rouge a couple of weeks ago, we went to the Botanic Garden at Independence Park. It was cold and not much was in bloom. There were a few iris budding but not many in bloom. And then we came upon the Rose Garden. Bushes were in bloom everywhere. Just being in the midst of this color and fragrance of the roses diminished the chill.
My dad loved roses and took a great deal of pride in his garden. I guess that is where I learned to love them, though I do not claim to be an expert in their growth and care. There were so many varieties in the garden that day that I could not possibly know which was which. All I know is I really enjoyed my walk through them that day.
And so I ascribe to William Shakespeare's quote, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Is it enough to appreciate a rose and not know if it is hybrid or English rose? I hope so.
Thanks be to God!
Today, I share this post with Mersad. I invite you to join Mersad atThrough My Lens. There are wonderful posts there.
Please visit Judith at Lavender Cottagefor Mosaic Monday and share in the beauty offered there.
I think you should take some time to visit Imagin-in-ing. You're sure to enjoy it!
A rose bud of any color causes me to smile. It has exquisite folds, delicate layers, and hues all their own. I anticipate the blossom, but can wait because the bud is so very singular. It's one of of a kind. Even the bud residing next to it will not be the same.
And so it is with humanity. It is a bud. It will blossom. It is diversity. It is a beautiful creation. We should all spend time enjoying it instead of demeaning, debasing, or humiliating it because some are different. We should allow each and every person bloom without pruning it before it has a chance to bloom. Allow God to prune the flowers in the garden, for he is the Head Gardener.
As we anticipate the first holiday weekend of the Summer Holiday Trilogy, those being Memorial Day, The 4th of July, and Labor Day, I am struck by the joy and sadness these holidays represent. In fact, they are a celebration of life for those who gave and we who have received.
Joy comes in many forms.
And this day has the potential of being just as grand as celebrating the beauty in all that surrounds me.
I must be open to it!
Shelter from the rain
Waiting to feel the warm sun
Wrapped among the leaves
She awaits her fulfillment
Bursting forth in bloom
Wishing all a grand weekend of family, friends, food, and fun!!! OH! Don't forget, it's time for the INDY 500!!!
Thanks be to God!!!
Today I join Meri for Share the Joy Thursday. For I believe we need to find it in my life every day no matter the realities in which we live. God is Good in so many ways even in times of trial.
Please visit Rebecca at recuerda mi corazonfor Haiku My Heart. There is always more beautiful words there to enchant and encourage!!!
I'm also joining Lou Ceel at Haiku Friday. Come play with words. It's such a joy!!!
I'd rather have roses on my table, than diamond around may neck. Emma Goldman
Indeed, I would rather, too! And when the sun shines on the blossoms the glory of God shines even brighter!
Karen has invited us to join her onSunlit Sunday. Stop by and offer your bit of sunshine today.
And please visit Mary at The Little Red Houseand share in the beauty offered there. And though I hve nothing to offer at Macro Monday Lisa has a wonderful time planned for you. The pictures all are an inspiration!
My teacup...is a delicate beauty I found at Mother Teresa's Treasures, our church's thrift store.
I'm feeling... Excited in anticipation of the next week...should be more excited about the here-and-now but starting Saturday celebrations begin. Saturday is the Fall play at Memorial High School and my granddaughter is student director. Then on Wednesday we begin our Thanksgiving journey to Charlotte where we with celebrate with David, Kelly, Maddie and the boys as well as Jimmy, Kelly, and Xavier who will come from Atlanta. (Yes, there will be two Kellys.)
On my mind...completing my Bible study lesson. Can you tell I'm having a difficult time staying focused?
My teacup...my Favorite mug brewed with the Kuerig.
I'm feeling...energized! Had a productive day off and look forward to an excellent weekend.
On my mind...a weekend of celebration and friendly gatherings. It is a time to go to the Woods and celebrate the installation of the sisters who will lead the congregation. A time, too, to gather with friends at church for the parish picnic. And, oh, the best time of year when the heat of summer is waning and the cool air of fall arrives.