The oldest rose…
The oldest rose bush in the world is said to be over 1,000 years old and grows on the wall of Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany. The cathedral was destroyed by Allied bombing in March 1945, however a mere eight weeks later the determined little rose sprouted 25 new shoots from a root buried in the debris.
I expect you can guess what I am going to say now…IF OUR ROOTS OF FAITH are firmly attached to THE VINE, we too will survive a deadly crisis. Not only that, but we will also live to be 1,000, (AND MORE) when we are finally home, in heaven.
Some words from Jesus before and after He told the disciples how to pray, taken from The Message:
“When you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace. The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programmes and advice, peddling techniques for getting what they want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and He knows better than you what you need. With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this…”
“Our Father in heaven, reveal who You are. Set the world right, do what’s best – as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with You and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”