The Wisdom and Faith a Wilted Rose Taught Me

“Jesus said, ‘I give praise to you, Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” Mathew Chapter 11: 25 (New American Bible)

John was an African American man about 55 years of age. Due to his Schizophrenia it was difficult for him to express himself clearly. Each day he would have roses tucked in all of his pockets. They were many colors and he seemed to take pleasure in picking certain roses. Even thought they became wilted when he put them in his pocket, to him they were a priceless treasure. Each day John would come to me and say,” What color rose would you like today?” His face would show his eager anticipation of giving me this wonderful gift from his heart. Even though the flower would be wilted I always was go grateful that he would share his greatest treasure.

Unfortunately John passed away last year. I saw him the day before he died. Now it was my turn to give him a rose. I brought the brightest roses I could find. Even though he was in a coma I think somewhere is his subconscious mind he knew I was there. I told him I loved him and how much his roses meant to me. Then the m ost amazing thing happened. I sensed a bright light surrounding John and I felt peace and holiness. John taught me to share my spiritual treasures and also give the best of myself to others – even if I feel like a wilted rose that day.

When the night is dark and the world seems to be passing us by,
There is a light which can give us courage and hope.
This light is filled with love
and comes from Jesus.
We have this light within us.
We can have joy, peace
understanding and forgiveness.
He is waiting for us. Come to the wonderful light of Jesus!
Let this Holy light shine for all the world to see!

By Cindy Tuttle