How Many Flowers Fail

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How many Flowers fail in Wood –
Or perish from the Hill –
Without the privilege to know
That they are Beautiful –

How many cast a nameless Pod
Upon the nearest Breeze –
Unconscious of the Scarlet Freight –
It bear to Other Eyes –
~Emily Dickinson

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If seeds in the black earth can turn into such beautiful roses, what might not the heart of man become in its long journey toward the stars?
—G.K. Chesterton

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We are mere seeds lying dormant, plain and simple, with no knowledge of the beauty we harbor within, a beauty for which we were created. There is nothing to distinguish us one from the other until the murmurs of spring begin, so soft, so subtle.  The soil shakes loose frosty crust as the thawing warmth begins.   Sunlight makes us stir and swell, no longer frozen but animate and intimate.

We are called awake from our quiescence to sprout, bloom and fruit.  We reach as far as our tethered roots will allow, beyond earthly bounds to touch the light and be touched. We fling our seeds to the wind.

There is renewed hope created in the heart of man, ready and waiting to unfurl, with a precious fragrance that lingers long after our pods have burst open, as our seed dries, loosens, and falls to freedom.

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One thought on “How Many Flowers Fail

  1. A beautiful application of the metaphor of the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4: 3-9, 14-20);
    (Matt 13: 3-9, 18-23); (Luke 8: 5-8, 11-15).

    If ever there were a time for the seeds for universal love and acceptance of all living things, and dedicated Christian discipleship to be planted, to thrive, to produce a bountiful harvest, it is NOW – this time in our nation’s and the world’s perilous history.

    Your message is perfect, Emily – timely and to the point. Thank you!
    As my grandson would say, “You nailed it.”

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