Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
The pretty, delicate pink and blue columbines have been joined by the glorious roses which are just beginning to come into bloom. The roses will continue to bloom all season whilst the columbine will flower for a short period, set seed and die off. We humans fall into the columbine category, I suppose; after our allotted span on Planet Earth we will return to our Maker.
I recently lost my remaining two aunts; my late father’s sisters. Not entirely unexpected really since they were both in their 90’s but sad all the same. I will always treasure their generosity of spirit to us as children but as we grew up they were always there for us. To give just a couple of examples they introduced me to the fantastically diverse world of opera with a visit to see a performance of Bizet’s Carmen at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. And when our faithful old dog Judy died they went to great lengths to find a new puppy for my young sister. Sadly, towards the end of their lives they were not able to look after themselves properly and so had to go into a care home. But I remember them as they were.
So what is this week’s message then? It is to be found in a quotation from an old German theologian born in 1260 but it is as relevant today as it was then.
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
My prayer then is to thank God for the flowers in the garden, for this bright beautiful day, for the lives of my aunts but most of all for God’s unconditional love for me.
What do you have to thank God for today?
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years