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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Purple Flowers are Somehow Living

Tuesday’s Thought

He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. (Daniel 2:21)

This morning as I was leaving for work, I couldn’t help but notice a few Chrysanthemum flowers peeking from behind the stalks of what used to be gorgeous Zenias. Despite several early morning temperatures below freezing, the purple flowers are somehow living.

This evening I googled Chrysanthemums and discovered that there are two types: “hardy mums” and “florist mums.” As you might guess, florist mums are not very likely to make it through cold winters.

This may be a strange thought, but as I saw a few bright mums in the midst of dried out and dead Zenias, I thought of grandkids and life.

I hope and pray that our grandkids will be like those bright flowers in the midst of a decaying world. That they will be “hardy,” grounded in Scripture and able to survive the cold seasons of their lives. That there will be something wonderfully different about them—a beauty that attracts others to them … and to Christ.

As our gradkids get older, I want to talk with them about world events from a biblical viewpoint by keeping up with current events through blogs like Culture Watch and Truth and Culture Weekly and by reading magazines like World and Citizen Magazine.

And I want to remember that no matter what season of life—for Jim and me, our kids, or grandkids, God never changes.

He wants us to be “hardy,” and will always give us wisdom ... if we’ll only ask.

He is able,

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Anonymous said...

What a warm thought on this chilly day! I'm also amazed at the flowers that bloom in the cold weather, especially those that survive a snow storm. And I'm well-aware of God's promise to provide His grace and mercy, enabling us to survive the storms and frigid seasons of life. kj

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks, kj, for your reminder of God's mercy and grace! -- Mary

Anonymous said...

What a perfect time to read Grand Connection. As you noted, God changes the seasons but God never changes. We must remember to be hardy like the flowers and remember to ask for strength. You reminded me to ask. Thank you. Rita

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks, Rita, for the encouraging reminder that God never changes and will give us strength. -- Mary