Perennial Savior

Friday, April 5

4-5By Lu Mountenay of Independence, Missouri, USA

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…

—Galatians 5:22–23

This scripture describes the spirit of my sister, Pam. We were both avid gardeners. Besides going to flower markets, we would accept cuttings, seeds, and bulbs from friends and divide the plants however we could to spread them around—mostly in our own gardens.

We even put our lives in “peril” (smile) and dug up plants and small trees from condemned properties on which impatient bulldozers sat. We also gave plenty away. Most plants in Pam’s yard, I have in my yard, too.

When my sister died, I had a few months before the foreclosure of her home. I couldn’t stand to lose “our” flowers. I dug them up gently, left some for the bank, and brought them home to live in my garden for a while. Her flowers are part of Pam’s legacy. Her children would soon have homes of their own, so I adopted the flowers until they have a place to plant them. We will divide them again to continue Pam’s garden.

For now the bulbs, seeds, tubers, and roots are underground in their tomb of soil. We can’t see them. Soon, being the perennials that they are, they will rise and bring with them joy and beautiful memories. In this, a part of Pam will always be with us.

Christ is our perennial Savior. Even though unseen, he is with us. Every year we celebrate his leaving the tomb and bringing joy and everlasting life into the light.

Prayer for Peace
Creator God, we would tend your garden gently. We praise you for your diverse and beautiful plant life. We praise you for the perennial cycle you have put in place.

Spiritual Practices: Fragrance
Remember or find a way to directly experience a fragrance you enjoy (fresh flowers, candle, fresh bread, pine trees, sea air, spices). Ask God to help you discern a situation to which you are called to bring reconciliation and healing. Pray that you might spread the peace of Christ as fragrantly and generously as the aroma you now experience. 

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will plant and nurture seeds of hope.

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  1. Colleen Leonard

     /  5 April 2013

    Sweet message. I lost my sister in 1980 but still identify with you.

  2. Vera Entwistle

     /  5 April 2013

    Lou, I am not much at gardening but the message of continuation of your efforts to continue sisters garden for her children moved me. May your garden and hers continue to bloom..


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