The Next Flower

Note: This post expands on the theme of self-forgiveness. The link for an earlier post on “Forgiving Yourself: A Prospective on Grace and Whimsy” is below.

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The buzzing bee has no time for regrets:  too busy looking for the next flower.
          -------G. Hill
Bee, Insect, Margaret, Pollen, Honey
We would like the luxury of do-overs.  We punish ourselves with recriminations of Why did I?  How could I?  Why didn't I know better?  Regrets are like blooms that get nipped in the bud, keeping us stuck, canceling the seeds of creativity. 
          ------G. Hill

God Uses Broken Things

It takes broken soil to produce a crop, broken clouds to give rain, broken grain to give bread, broken bread to give strength. It is the broken alabaster box that gives forth perfume. 
It is Peter, weeping bitterly, who returns to greater power than ever.
               ― Vance Havner
Flowers, Plant, Grass, Bloom, Blossom, Flora, Garden
Peter's Denial

Consider Peter, one of the Jesus’ early disciples. Following the arrest of Jesus, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Imagine the remorse he carried, the three denials that he could not take back. But Peter’s failures were not the end of his story. He chose to be present in his own rebirth, his own creation story. He became the Rock, upon which Jesus would build his church.
Plant, Flower, Nature, Leaf, Isolated, Vintage, Blossom
Love is the perennial that reseeds itself, with a little honey from the hive. 
------G. Hill
Insects, Yellow, Bee, Animal, Nature
We fail. We have failed. We will fail. 

There. I have conjugated the present, past and future of our human condition. But our stories are ongoing streaming into the future. The important thing is to show up for the next act.  
      -----G. Hill
Bee, Blow-Fly, Avsipa, Yellow Flower
We come from the earth, we return to the earth, and in between, we garden. Anonymous
Flowers, Bees, Garden, Green, Grass
There are better things ahead than any we leave behind.
      ----- C.S. Lewis
And a bit of whimsy, never hurts  . . . .
Egret, Bird, River, Animal, Landscape, Lake
Egrets: I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention.
(With apologies to “Old Blue Eyes”)
Wink, Smiley, Happy, Smile, Yellow, Face, Icon

5 Comments Add yours

  1. don brubaker says:

    You could have made three good posts out of this ONE.

    Sent from my iPhone

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hmmm. Maybe. I’ll have to think about that.


  2. Nancy E Buhrer says:

    what an awesome message about forgiving oneself- something I struggle with! thank you


    1. I think we all replay our mistakes over and over. But mistakes are how we learn.


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