THE AJO LILY
Read Isaiah 35: 1-2
Why do you worry about clothing? Consider the
lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither
toil nor spin, yet . . . even Solomon in all his
glory was not clothed like one of these.
When we visited Ajo, Arizona, we went on a tour of the
desert south of the city. There we spotted the Ajo lily, or
desert lily. It has a beautiful flower, like a smaller version of
the Easter lily. It only grows in the deserts of the American
Southwest and in northern Mexico. The Spanish called it
the Ajo lily because the native people prepared food with its
bulbs, which tasted like ajo (the Spanish word for garlic).
When I saw this beautiful plant thriving in such an arid,
sandy environment, I was amazed at how God creates beauty
in even the most desolate places.
God brings beauty into our lives in the same way. Even in
our deserts of hurt, loneliness, and despair, God reminds us
that we can thrive where
we are planted and share
the beauty of our faith with
our neighbors. When we
dedicate our lives to God,
we can look past the
ugliness we may see in ourselves to see God’s beauty in our
lives and in the world.
Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us that where we see ugliness you
see beauty; where we see fear, you see hope. Amen.
Ken Claar (Idaho)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO IS LONELY
— Matthew 6: 28-29 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
God can make love bloom
anywhere in my life.