Wednesday, December 9, 2009


The Christmas Rose!
I love roses. At Christmas we celebrate the giving of a rose more beautiful than words can describe. God's gift to the world: the Rose of Sharon! His fragrance fills our souls. His warm, loving presence seems to even flood our world. People are often kinder, more loving, more giving than at any other time of the year.

People are lonely too--more than at any other time of the year. I recently read a story that touched my heart. A lady named Rose, lives alone--and apparently has no family...but according to the story there's a Avon lady who calls on her regularly. Rose selected and purchased an Avon item, then looked at the Avon lady and asked, "Will you wrap this up for me--and write on a card, 'To Rose, from Santa'?"

My hearts break as I realize how many others there are, just like Rose. Jesus Christ, the Rose of Sharon, came to earth for them too. Look around--is there a "Rose" in your life, your church, your neighborhood?

Let's share the fragrance of Christ--a smile, a hug, some warm baked cookies, a small gift--anything that says, "God loves you...and I do too."