MY MOMENT FOR TODAY: seeing my Easter Lilly bloom
Did you know: This lily is the traditional flower of spring and is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of beauty, hope, and life. Easter has its share of traditions: egg decorations and hunts; gift baskets and chocolate bunnies, sunrise church services, parades, and, of course, the Easter Lily. For many, the beautiful trumpet-shaped white flowers symbolize purity, virtue, innocence, hope and life, the spiritual essence of Easter.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, there were many beautiful flowers, but the loveliest of all was the pure white lily. The lily knew it was very beautiful, and it proudly lifted its head to show itself to anyone who happened to pass by the garden.
On the night before he was crucified, Jesus came into the quiet Garden of Gethsemane to pray. As he prayed and wept there, the flowers of the garden bowed their heads in pity and sorrow too. But the proud lily would not bow its lovely white head. The next day, the lily discovered that Jesus was going to be crucified. The flower felt so miserable about how it had acted in the garden that it bowed its head in shame. To honor the Lord Jesus and to show its sorrow, the lily has grown with a down-turned blossom ever since that first Good Friday of long, long ago.
When these wonderful blossoms start to wither I'll be planting it outside and hopefully it will bloom again. Because Easter lilies naturally bloom in June and July, not at Easter time, I won’t look for flowers next Easter. It will be a beautiful addition to my summer garden.
Have a WONDERFUL wonder-filled Wednesday!