Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hope for the Journey

"Dear children! In this time of grace, when nature also prepares to give the most beautiful colors of the year, I call you, little children, to open your hearts to God the Creator for Him to transform and mould you in His image, so that all the good which has fallen asleep in your hearts may awaken to a new life and a longing towards eternity. Thank you for having responded to my call." February 25 2010 Message BVM

This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:

Rise up, be off to the potter's house; there I will give you my message.
I went down to the potter's house and there he was, working at the wheel.
Whenever the object of clay which he was making turned out badly in his hand, he tried again, making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.
Then the word of the Lord came to me:
Can I not do to you, house of Israel, as this potter has done? says the LORD. Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.  Jeremiah 18 1-6

Dad has been ill with cancer for many years. He has suffered greatly, yet he never complains. His health keeps him close to home most of the time where he spends hours gardening.

Back in November, dad prepared his soil and planted several daffodil and tulip bulbs both in the front and backyard, then he sat back and waited for nature to transform them into the beauty that surrounds his home today. This beauty greets everyone that comes to the door, hinting of the warmth and love you will find inside.

Lord, as we continue our Lenten journey, open our hearts to the beauty that surrounds us this day that we may be transformed and molded into your image as we make our way towards eternity. Amen

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us.


kam said...

Thanks for the beautiful post, combining Our Blessed Virgin Mother and the story of your Dad with the Jeremiah story. I needed something to slow me down this mid-day and your post did the trick. k

Daily Grace said...

Thank you KAM. God bless you and yours.

Anne said...

The flowers are beautiful! My prayers for your Dad, he sounds like a wonderful person.

This story, about how he prepares the soil for the tulip bulbs and the beauty they will display makes me think of God and how he prepares the soil of our hearts for the beauty that they are to display. I'm sure that was your point!

Great post!

the booklady said...

Dear Daily Grace,

It is a beautiful day here too! It's been one of our longest, coldest winters, so this gorgeous spring-like day is especially welcome. Here in Oklahoma we often go from the cold of winter straight into the blistering heat of plain's summers, with perhaps a brief bit of blustery tornadic winds thrown in for excitement. All the more reason to enjoy this day while we can.

Your Dad sounds like one of those people who is as rare and precious as a spring day in Oklahoma. May you treasure every moment and memory you create together!

God bless you both!

Michael said...

Prayers for you and your father. I loved your prayer at the end of your post.