We have a wonderful opportunity that lies before us. We get to be God’s expression to our communities.
Every rose begins as a seed, then through the process of nature assigned by God it grows and produces leaves and it produces thorns. A little bud is formed, then something magical happens…beauty and fragrance burst forth. And the beauty of the rose far outweighs the pain of the thorns.
I know there has been a lot of pain. A lot of thorns in the lives of everyone in our communities. There is pain that wasn’t deserved, and pain that was created by our own hands. Regardless of the pain, in spite of the thorns, even though the early processes of our lives leave a wound every time we reach out and touch them…There is a beauty that God wants to unleash in us. There is a goodness He wants us to express…
And what He said to the rose to make it unfold, He’ll say to our hearts.