Do you love gardens? I do! I’d prefer a peaceful stroll through a garden or a hike through some scenic landscape to almost any other type of recreation. Probably has something to do with getting older, but I adore stopping the smell the roses!Jon and Linda took us on a wonderful excursion to Manito Park in Spokane.There were hundreds of varieties of roses, and we meandered through them carefully, thinking about which smelled the most fragrant, which looked the most fabulous, and which had the most interesting names. J+G posed for me in front of our winner for “best name,” delicious pink roses called First Kiss! He confided to me that their first kiss didn’t occur until after Linda had come to the U.S. to see what she thought about Jonathan’s family and the possibility of living in America. Bless such gentle patience! Rather like a rose, don’t you think?!So, now I will show you a few of my favorite roses!Do you have a favorite color for roses?I think I love reds and pinks the best…although…I’m thrilled with the beauty of a rose in any color, shape, or size!I found one rose bush that was a totally new discovery to me: the Rio Samba.On the same bush there was a profusion of pinks, oranges, and yellows! I’d never seen anything like it…and I’m hoping to ask Alan if I may have one for Mother’s Day this coming year! 🙂I often wish I could be as beautiful as a rose, although I never will be! On the other hand, I have since realized that there is a beauty even more profound than external beauty if I only had the spiritual eyes to appreciate it!
“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD.”
“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us”
“Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me
All His wonderful passion and purity
Oh, Thou Spirit divine, all my nature refine
Till the beauty of Jesus be seen in me.”