Sunday, January 9, 2011

Jenna's Rose

As I observe the growth of my children and grandchildren, I ponder the admonition of the scripture…
Proverbs 13:22a “A good life gets passed to the grandchildren;” The Message

Not being a woman of noble birth or born with a silver spoon in my mouth, in what ways will this be accomplished?

Over the years, my husband and I have had numerous opportunities to minister and share about the restoration of our marriage, “Roses Will Bloom Again.” No place have we shared it more than in our own home. I have shared portions of the story in previous Blogs, but some things bear repeating.

This Christmas I received the most meaningful gifts ever. I didn’t think anything could top the gift of 'Hot Meals' that was given in my name to a ministry in Calcutta, India or  the "Bible Stick" that was purchased in my name for our troops that are serving in Iraq.GASP!

Our twelve year-old granddaughter said we (my husband and I) had one last gift. I unwrapped and opened the box to find a photograph of a single pale yellow rose in the most beautiful frame. Tears stung my eyes as I read the words that had been carefully added, “Roses Will Bloom Again, Love Jenna.”

Our granddaughter had taken a picture of one of the roses from my precious grandmother’s fifty plus year-old rosebush. We had transplanted the rosebush to my son’s yard when we were in the process of moving. My grandmother’s roots were in Middle Tennessee, and thought this would be fitting.

I was so moved that our granddaughter had the sensitivity to photograph something so meaningful, but more than that, was the priceless story that preceded the gift. It is as follows….

As we gathered around to hold hands and pray before our Christmas meal, I felt a special comfort and assurance. Inheritance does not always have to come in the form of a check, lands, jewelry or houses. My Lord allowed me to not only see our inheritance, but experience it first hand. The love of family, the sensitivity to the things of the Lord, compassion, and creativity in many forms....MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
t-t-f-n (ta-ta-for-now)