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Friday, 13 May 2016


A few centuries back, tulips were a rare flower which originated, I think, from Turkey. The Dutch developed special vases which held 3 or 5 blooms, so valuable were they. 

Our garden is bejewelled with these lovely flowers, which emerge from winter shortly after the daffodil explosion every spring. There are a few new ones in amongst the others this year, as we planted a pack of bulbs we bought in Amsterdam airport last September. 

The beauty is every bit as startling as it was centuries ago, despite their proliferation and availability. We can take them for granted. We can walk by them without even noticing the detail and the colour.
We can treat the special people in our lives in much the same way. Those we treasured at one time, we become familiar with and take for granted. We can treat the familiarity of our surroundings with the same contempt, becoming blind to the beauty as we focus inwards.

Consider the lilies of the field, Jesus advised. Not that he thought his friends were overlooking their beauty, but drawing attention to the fact that the Father looks after every aspect of his creation. 

Nothing is taken for granted by him. Nothing and no-one is overlooked. 

I have loved you with an everlasting love, God says. His passion hasn’t subsided. I don’t want mine to either.

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