Part II Thorns for you!
- Part II Thorns for you!<br><br>Sandra watched for
Barbara's response. Was this a joke? Who would want rose
stems<br>"Yes, please. It's exquisite," said Barbara. "You'd
think after three years of getting the<br>special, I'd
not be so moved by its significance, but it's
happening again. My family will<br>love this
one.<br>Thanks." <br><br>Sandra stared. "Why so normal a
conversation about so strange an arrangement? She<br>wondered.
"Ah, said Sandra, pointing. "That lady just left with,
ah....." <br><br>"Yes," "Well, she had no flowers!"
"Right, I cut off the
flowers."<br><br>"Off?"<br><br>"Off. Yep. That's the Special. I call it the
Thanksgiving Thorns Bouquet." <br> <br><br>"But, why do people
pay for that?" In spite of herself she chuckled.
<br><br>"Do you really want to know?" <br><br>"I couldn't
leave this shop without knowing. I'd think about
nothing else!" <br><br>"That might be good," said Jenny.
"Well," continued she "Barbara came into the
shop<br>three years ago feeling very much like you feel today.
She thought she had very little to<br>be thankful
for. She had lost her father to cancer, the family
business was failing, her son<br>was into drugs, and she
faced major surgery." <br><br>"Ouch!" said Sandra.
<br><br>"That same year, I lost my husband. I assumed complete
responsibility for the shop and<br>for the first time, spent the
holidays alone. I had no children, no husband, no
family<br>nearby, and too great a debt to allow any travel."
<br><br>"What did you do?" <br><br>"I learned to be thankful
for thorns." <br><br>Sandra's eyebrows lifted.
"Thorns?" <br><br>"I'm a Christian, Sandra. I've always
thanked God for good things in life and I
never<br>thought to ask Him why good things happened to me? But,
when bad stuff hit, did I ever<br>ask! It took time to
learn that dark times are important. I always enjoyed
the 'flowers' of<br>life but it took thorns to show
me the beauty of God's comfort. You know, the Bible
says<br>that God comforts us when we're afflicted and from His
consolation we learn to comfort<br>others." <br><br>Sandra
gasped. "A friend read that passage to me and I was
furious! I guess the truth is I<br>don't want comfort.
I've lost a baby and I'm angry with God." <br><br>She
started to ask Jenny to "go on" when the door's bell
diverted their attention. "Hey,<br>Phil!" shouted Jenny as
a balding, rotund man entered the shop. She softly
touched<br>Sandra's arm and moved to welcome him. He tucked her under
his side for a warm hug. <br><br>"I'm here for twelve
thorny long-stemmed stems!" Phil laughed, heartily.
<br><br>"I figured as much," said Jenny. "I've got them
ready." She lifted a tissue-wrapped<br>arrangement from
the refrigerated cabinet. <br><br><br>"Beautiful,"
said Phil. "My wife will love them." <br><br>Sandra
could not resist asking. "These are for your wife?"
- Truth is simple but powerful !
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, honeym8 wrote:
> CHANGE IS LIFE <br>IN LIFE YOU ARE CONSTANLY CHANGING <br>CHANGES ARE A GOOD PART OF LIFE ALTHOUGH VERY STRESSFUL AT TIME BECAUSE IT IS SOMETHING NEW