Saturday, April 2, 2011

Flowers Speak

I am just done watering the flowers.  They had so much to say to me this morning. It was difficult to get a word in myself!  But it was such good stuff that I thought I’d share some of it with you – minus the confidential pieces of course!  

The periwinkles are so self sufficient and independent.  Even though they are well able to withstand the dry season they said, they still appreciated me coming by and watering them occasionally. The Cosmos were their usual proud and stately selves beaming bright orange as I approached. They normally have a lot to say to me but this morning they just nodded in the direction of some little ones next to them that seemed neglected and in need of a little attention.  So I winked at Cosmos and spent some time with her neighbor assuring her that small is beautiful too and that she was special! She seemed to like that.

Then there were those that I normally ignore. I even have a bad name for them.  I call them weeds!  As I passed by them I was conscious of how small they were and how their petals were of such a delicately violet pretty color.  They bore no resentment however.  They said to me: ‘Gail, you neglect us but we’ll love you any way!”  Ohhhh!   So to make up for my neglect I took a photo of them and promised to show them off to the world!

If I could summarize what those lovely creatures of God were saying to me this morning it would be that oft quoted phrase in our Constitution: ‘At the heart of ministry is relationship.’ Aren’t my flowers wise ones?

Sr. Gail Jagroop, OP
St. Joseph, Trinidad

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