"How sad the dying rose"
(©2006 By Bob Perks)

8-30-2006 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #406

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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to our Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Bob Perks

Story of the Week
"How sad the dying rose"
(© 2006 By Bob Perks - Bob@BobPerks.com)
It seems a shame, indeed.
I feel it an obligation on my part to, as the old saying goes,
"stop and smell the roses."  Its meaning, simply put, is for us to
take time to enjoy life.  For me, it literally means to stop and smell
the roses in my garden.  Or anywhere else I should find them.  It is my way
of saying thanks.
Lately, my flower garden has been neglected.  It is my fault for I have
not only ignored the beauty there, but I have been struggling to "see"
the beauty in my own life.
Yesterday I wandered past the gate into the garden and found myself
apologizing to the flowers there.
Feeling somewhat foolish, a rare emotion for me, I bent over and touched
a daisy.  Holding it between my fingers, I said "thank you."   Then, walking slow
and deliberately, I scanned the rest.  Running my hand across the tops of dozens
of yellow and white bursts of sunshine, they appeared to smile back at
me in appreciation.
Halfway through, I came across the roses.
Still producing new buds for future enjoyment, I saw among the thorns and newly
awakened beauty, one rose giving up its time and energy to the rest. 
Its head slumped forward, petals now limp, the flower of God's own making, looked
exhausted from the journey.  Having given its all, stretching toward the sun and
gladly opening to the full possibilities that came with each day, the rose gave in.
I carefully reached beyond the thorny branches to touch my fallen friend.   As I did,
the heart-shaped petals fell into my hand. 
I held them gently and carefully retreated from the bush.
Selecting one single petal, I stroked it between my thumb and index finger.
I know that feeling.  It always somehow reminds me of touching the hair of a newborn
child.  Moving the petal closer, I place it against my lips and I remember kissing
my own children on the "soft spot" of their heads always thanking God for the miracle
of their birth.
"How sad the dying rose." I said out loud.
Then that Voice within me spoke echoing old familiar words.
"Sadder still, is a rose that never blossomed at all."
I knew immediately the lesson here. 
One does not fail for having tried and no one noticed.  Failure, like the unborn rose,
is in never having bloomed at all.
For roses bloom in fields far from sight still fulfilling the covenant made between the Creator 
and the bud.
If you are feeling lost and unfulfilled, push on to bloom to your full potential.  For if the Master
Gardener put so much beauty in the rose, imagine what lies within you. 
"Do not morn the dying rose.  Be grateful for it ever having bloomed at all." 

Pastor's Quote of the Week
all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.

(From: Dale Carnegie )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Thank you for all of the beauty that you place everywhere for your children to discover. May we all become a whole lot better at recognizing it.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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