Roses, generations and Deuteronomy
5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. from Deuteronomy chapter 6
Our rose bushes have buds wrapped tight with green,
buds with pedals peeking through, buds stretching out into the sunlight,
in full bloom,
and pedals on the ground where roses have retired.
The roses remind me of generations.
I remember my grandparents and vaguely remember my great grandmother. My father passed on a few years ago and mom is going strong at 85. Then there’s my husband Jimmy, our 4 daughters and spouses, and our 8 grandchildren.
Also brothers and sisters, aunt and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews are an important piece of the family puzzle. We also have generations of friends of all ages that inspire us and become a strong part of making us who we are.
From infancy to present day we are influenced by the people around us. The influences are either Godly , or neutral where we are just idling through life, or negative and leading us in the wrong direction. This is where Deuteronomy comes into play for me. Impress God’s love on your children. Talk about God’s love when you sit at home. Share God’s love when you walk along the road,
drive to school, go 4 wheeling,
travel by air, etc. Talk about God’s love at nap time and bed time.
Talk about God’s love when you wake up every morning. Have symbols of God’s love in your home.
So that’s how roses, generations and Deuteronomy inspire me to live the commandment of God’s love and pass it on to family and friends. What’s your story?