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This Is Love That Blossoms


Curiously, the warmth of the spring day felt good on my skin. I fought 
back the veil of tears that blurred the dogwood trees lining the 
hospital grounds. Everything around me seemed to be bursting with life 
while I felt cold, alone and defeated. 

With a sinking feeling, I opened my car door and drove to the florist. 
I knew I have to do this for my mother. She had always said, 'Give me 
flowers while I can enjoy them." 

As I opened the door to the florists' shop, I was met by a profusion of 
color mingled with the scent of fresh roses. What a contrast with the 
bare hospital room I had just left! 

My mother had been in the hospital for more than two weeks, her year-long 
struggle with lung cancer nearly at an end. I wanted more than anything 
to see her smile once more. 

I walked between the potted daisies, pausing to finger the petals. They 
still shimmered with water droplets, and I couldn't help thinking how 
vibrant they seemed. The shelves below them were lined with dish gardens 
exploding with philodendron. Everything seemed blessed with the fullness 
of life and the will to live. 

I turned and faced the sunlight streaming through the window, hoping it
would drive out the ache in my throat. I breathed in deeply, then 
glanced up at the top shelf. There I saw an old-fashioned yellow sprinkling
can brimming with lavender daisies. As I lifted it from the shelf, the 
flowers practically jumped. 

"Could I help you?" A voice behind me asked. 

I turned to face a woman I didn't know. She must have sensed the pain in 
my heart or seen the tears in my eyes because her eyes were full of 

"I - I want something pretty for my mother," I managed to say. "She is 
dying." Without so much as a word, the woman who worked daily nurturing 
life with the flower shop walked forward. Her deep brown eyes melted into 
a mixture of pain, understanding, and love as she gently placed her arms 
around me. 

In that unexpected embrace, I felt God's love as He welcomed me into His 
arms, surrounding and protecting me from the pain. At once, the familiar 
words of Jesus spoke clearly to me, "By this shall men know that ye are 
my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). 

There in that flower shop, God met me, a defeated and lonely person trying 
to muddle through a tragedy without Him. But through His love, He sent 
someone to meet me in my sorrow. 

I thank God every day for this woman who allowed the love of Jesus to work 
through her. My prayer is that I follow her example and meet others where 
they are, freely offering the love of Jesus. 

By Nanette Thorsen-Snipes


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