The Psalmist penned: ‘As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field ……………’ Psalm 103: 15-16. ESV

Matthew Henry states: ‘How short is man’s life, and uncertain! The flower of the garden is commonly more choice, and will last the longer, for being sheltered by the garden-wall, and the gardener’s care, but the flower of the field, to which life is here compared, is not only withering in itself, but exposed to the cold blasts, and liable to be cropt and trod on by the beasts of the field. Such is man. God considers this, and pities him, let him consider it himself. God’s mercy is better than life, for it will outlive it. His righteousness, the truth of his promise, shall be unto children’s children, who tread in the footsteps of their forefathers’ piety. Then shall mercy be preserved to them’.

This week, precious friends are facing trials, heartbreak and discouragement, life changing circumstances.   2 Corinthians 12: 9 assures us ‘ His grace is sufficient’, it is an endless supply that will never run dry. His matchless grace is my comfort, my solace, simply because His grace is always enough for every situation and circumstance of life.

The delicate Lily, arrayed with beauty, a fair copy of life, revealing the beauty of kindness, meekness, gentleness …… yet soon to droop, soon to fade! Time is our estate, time waits for no man nor will it produce without cultivation, care and patience. What is life? Yes, a gift from Thy hand but also a pilgrimage of moments! Tomorrow Lord must be Thine. ‘Change and decay in all around I see, O Thou who changest not, abide with me’ . Surely all the sensibilities of our heart are moved when we think of ‘The Lily of the Valley’ conveying the sense of pardon which is ours.

In love, the One who is the Giver of All, gave His all for us and so we should diffuse as we have received, reflecting the nature, the character of our Lord. People matter!

How beautiful when humble hearts give the fruit of pure lives, so that others may live.

How beautiful, how beautiful, how beautiful, is the body of Christ.

We are so blessed, what joy is ours when in every object we see something that leads to our unchanging friend. Friendship with Jesus. I ask myself: Do I know the language of love? Do I serve with humility and trust? Am I a faithful friend? How much do I really care? 

My thoughts on life, people are hurting today, facing heartache, coping with loss, turning the key to an empty hallway, pain is real, a long and sometimes lonely journey. Someone to care, someone to share…….

Our relationship with others is important but our relationship with the Lord is a priceless treasure.

Prospects may be in ruins, hopes, dreams shattered, joy withered, but we have a hiding place where the petals of Heaven’s Rose offers a place of rest. Stop for a moment, breathe the sweet smelling fragrance of His presence this evening.

Dwell in safety and make the Most High your dwelling.


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