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Tuesday, 07 July 2015 15:10

Deliver Your Flowers Today

Written by  Kim Hendrix
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Hebrews 3:12-13: “See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”

My sister-n-law, Carole Clark, has always loved flowers.  She grows them extremely well, arranges them beautifully and has recently received them in abundance!  As Carole battles a terminal illness and we realize our time is precious, we see a constant flow of “flowers” flooding into her life.  Some are the type you put in vases and admire on a table or shelf, others are delivered in the form of words and hugs and stored forever in our hearts.  Friends from various seasons in Carole’s life are stopping by and sharing their love and stories, and as they do, we realize Carole has been delivering “flowers” for years as well—encouraging words just when they’re needed most.

 

Scripture tells us to encourage one another and it tells us when—“as long as it is called Today.” In other words don’t wait for tomorrow, deliver your flowers today!

 

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Give flowers to people while they’re living, they can’t smell them when they’re gone.”  We often tell wonderful stories and share heartfelt sentimental compliments at funerals about a loved one lost, and that’s no doubt healing for the living, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if we shared those thoughts and stories with the person we’re honoring, while they’re still here with us?

 

We had a beautiful opportunity to do just that recently for my sister-n-law through a Making Memories with Carole Tea.  Carole had mentioned she would like for us to have a tea for her wake, and thankfully two friends said, “Why wait?”  So on a Saturday, just two days before hospice would enter our lives, about 100 friends and family members came through Carole’s home, delivering their “flowers” while she could enjoy them and feel encouraged.  One friend who couldn’t attend, sent 10 beautiful floral arrangements in teacups—those along with numerous arrangements taken from Carole’s yard brought vibrant color and an aroma of love into the house.  For close to seven hours, even though her body is weak and tired from the fight, Carole laughed, smiled for the camera and thanked God for a circle of supportive friends and family.  She told God quite honestly in prayer, “I don’t know why you want to take me from this life, but I’m so thankful to have so many loving friends and family.”

 

In a commentary about Hebrews 3: 12-13, the writer states, “If overexposure to sin causes hardness of the heart, then being built up and encouraged daily will prove just the opposite.  It will keep our hearts soft, pliable and receptive to the Lord.”

 

If you love the people in your life with all your heart, tell them today.  Tell your husband, wife or child they make your heart burst with gratefulness and love, tell a friend you don’t know what you would do without them. 

 

 

2 Corinthians 4:16-17: “Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

 

 

As hard as it is to watch someone you love lose their strength physically, there’s an inexplicable excitement of knowing spiritually, they’re stepping into renewal, healing, abundance and life as we can’t even imagine here on earth.  If you’ve been planning to deliver some flowers to someone you love, live by His word, and deliver those today.

 

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving us so well.  You give us instruction and truth that is flawless and perfect and always meant for our good.  Please flood your love, compassion and strength into each of us so we are equipped to pour into others.  May we spend more time in your word and in prayer, so your “flowers” will naturally flow from our presence into the lives of those around us—especially anyone who is hurting.  Thank you for everyday we have with those we love and for giving us the promise of being together again.  In the name of your son Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.

 

 

 

 

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