How I Fell in Love with the Lord and Lenten Roses

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How I Fell in Love With the Lord 

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Who are these people?

They praise an unseen God

While I chase worldliness

Their holiness seems odd

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Who are these people?

They give more than they take

While I hoard all I can

and live for my own sake

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Who are these people?

Their joy draws me in

Though I feel unworthy

as His Light reveals my sin

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Who are these people?

They’ve become family

Now old friends think I’m strange

for the Lord adopted me.

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Wendy / 2016

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I remember how I fell in love with the Lord and Lenten roses. Stay with me as I explain why I’ve bunched these together.

The first time I saw a Lenten rose was in the winter of 1991 in the lovely city of Victoria, BC, where I’d stepped onto the back step of our cutesy-character house to hang blankets to air on our clothesline. From there I could see the entire tickety-boo garden next door, and I noticed an unusual flower blooming beside my neighbor’s back porch.

My neighbor grew vegetables.

While my property burst with blooms, his overflowed with edibles. We both boasted a love of organic gardening and often exchanged tips over the fence. But when I asked him what the alien-looking flower was growing in his garden, he shrugged his shoulders, “I don’t know. It’s a volunteer of some sort.”

I researched it using the extensive book section in the garden store I worked in. The mystery was solved and my love for Hellebore flowers was born.

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My faith in Jesus came about in a similar way.

I saw Him in the lives of people around me while I attended college. They seemed alien compared to the party crowd I’d hung out with the previous summer. Their sober and peaceful demeanor’s attracted and intrigued me.  My curiosity grew, and I bought myself a Bible and searched for a church to attend.

Hellebores remind me of Jesus too.

They stand out in a barren landscape–a promise of eternal spring.

Lenten Rose Blessings ~ Wendy

Do you have a similar story about falling in love with flowers? How about falling in love with the Lord? Feel free to share if you have a moment—you know I love to chat. ❤

And if you haven’t read my latest post on my other website (Wendy L. Macdonald.com) and are curious about how old I’ll be after my next birthday—here’s the link:

Even to Your Old Age God Will Sustain You

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P.S. – I have a prayer request for someone I’m concerned about.

Please pray for him to embrace God’s love, peace, and healing.

Thank you. ❤