Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
As you walk along the path to our house you will see, in a sheltered spot near the front door, a sturdy, well established rose bush. Over time we have planted other roses, so that there are now six different varieties growing together happily in the front garden, along with everything else. But this rose is rather special for some years ago our children bought it for us as a wedding anniversary present. Each year it is the first rose to come into flower and will produce an abundance of deep yellow flowers throughout the season. Indeed, very often, if the weather is mild, it will still be flowering in December! What a wonderful gift our loving children gave us.
Truly we, and every passer-by, can see the glory of God’s Creation in that rose. But equally we are reminded each day of that other gift given freely and with unbounded love by our loving Father: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
It produced its first flower during this week and I think that is where I saw God that day.
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years