23rd May 2019

‘You Don’t Send Me Flowers Anymore!’

“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.”
Luke 12:27 (NIV)

You don’t send me flowers anymore!’ Barbra Streisand hit the charts with this wistful love song in 1976. Neil Diamond’s lyrics are full of melancholy describing a relationship that was fading. Flowers are often used to express emotion, romance, apology, get well wishes, etc. It is always pleasing to receive flowers – they are an expression of love, respect and affection.

As I walk through the meadow each morning with my little dog, I enjoy strolling through the wild flowers that are so prolific during the spring season. Bluebells carpeting the woods, golden cowslips scattered across the field, snowy white daisies with bright eyes peeping through the lawn and sunny dandelions that appear everywhere. These are the common but far from humble flowers, and there are many more. The jewel-bright colours are renewed every morning, refreshed by the dew. They are often delicate in form and yet can withstand cool winds.

Wild flowers are a gift from God, yet another sign of His love for us. Jesus drew attention to the wild flowers that surrounded Him and His contemporaries, encouraging people to admire and esteem them (Luke 12:27). The irony is that the giver of our wonderful flora is no-one less than the Creator of them! Colossians 1:16 tells us, “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” It is important that we do not take this precious gift for granted. We need to pause to consider and appreciate what He gives us. God’s very name is Love. He is our provider and protector. He gave us His all when He died for us. Unlike Streisand’s song, God sends us flowers and His love all the time. There is no melancholy with God, He is unchanging and steadfast (Hebrews 13:8).

As spring flowers burgeon all around us, let’s consider how much love our great God has for us and how He displays it through His creation.

Prayer
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thank you for your glorious creation, it inspires and comforts us.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson
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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george.sueann.henderson49@gmail.com

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