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The Grass Withers

No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched. 

 
      ~  George Jean Nathan
 
 

The old life is a grass life,
    its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
    God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

     ~ 1 Peter 1:24-25

     I have been admiring the heads of the ornamental grasses of my neighbors.  Each day that I walk our little exuberant dog, I have occasion to observe the stages of the grasses.  Some seem to be tossing their hair in the wind to see how it will be caught, some seem to huddle together for a group experience, some pop up in my front lawn, so far from their own kind, yet near another kind of beautiful grass.  

     I look at them over and over again, watch their birth, their lives, their fading, their plucking out, their wandering.  Each one indeed fades, or is mowed down or dug out because of the rate at which it has spread.  Even the ones who are mowed down lift their heads once more.  

     The grasses toss their heads in praise, looking at the heavens, hanging on the moist earth, burnishing deep burgundy, or gold.  They go out praising God.  What a good example.  They stand, a testimony to the word of God, even as they fade. Would that I do too.

Because of Him,

Linda

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Just the way she is?

Make your optimism come true. 

 
      ~Author Unknown

 

22-25 Now that you’ve cleaned up your lives by following the truth, love one another as if your lives depended on it. Your new life is not like your old life. Your old birth came from mortal sperm; your new birth comes from God’s living Word. Just think: a life conceived by God himself! That’s why the prophet said,

The old life is a grass life,
its beauty as short-lived as wildflowers;
Grass dries up, flowers droop,
God’s Word goes on and on forever.

This is the Word that conceived the new life in you.

     ~ 1 Peter 1:24-25

 

There is a “B-52” in my circle of life that is invasive, loud, imposing, unforgiving, unrelenting.  I just go the other way when she comes near.  I spoke with a dear friend about the situation because I knew that this person was not going to change, and that I had to, but I did not know how to approach doing so.

Her words were simple, “Either love her the way she is, or stay out of her way.”  Of course I knew the right direction to follow. That first part of the phrase danced on my heart strings like a master violinist!  It is not easy, but slowly I can see the sparkle in the wave when she approaches, the way she interacts positively with many. She is who she is…just like me.  God loves me, so my prayer is that God will love this person through me.  

It may be uncomfortable for a time, but I know it means a growing time.  Here’s to the Master Gardener and possibilities.

Because of Him,

Linda

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