FULL OF LIFE AGAIN
Read Luke 15: 11-20
He ran to his son, threw his arms
around him and kissed him.
In our HIV/AIDS clinic, we maintain a rose garden to
honor the patients we serve. We grow red roses as a sign of
love and solidarity, and white roses in memory of those who
have fallen victim to this pandemic disease.
One day I found, to my dismay, that someone had carelessly walked through the garden and trampled two rose
bushes. As I looked at the scene, I saw one terribly damaged
white rose with some buds lying in the mud. I picked it up,
filled a glass jar with water, and placed the lifeless rose in
it. To my surprise, my small effort was enough! A few hours
later, the rose and its leaves were fully extended, the buds had
opened up, and its full beauty was on display.
The lesson in this for me is that no matter in what
condition God finds us,
we can rest assured that
God will embrace us and
attend to us lovingly.
Through our small acts of
compassion, we can find
a new sense of purpose
so that we can flourish and let the beauty of God’s love show
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for creating us anew. Help
us to shine your love into a world so desperately in need of it.
Pascual P. Torres (Cortés, Honduras)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
— Luke 15: 20 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
No life is too broken for
God to make it new.