Although roses in general are beautiful expressions of love and I thank God for them, today I am reminded of a particular rose that was a special Gift on my journey. This was a chocolate rose that I gave my mother many years ago when I was lost in depression and alcoholism. She ended up using it to bless and heal me.
One day I saw the chocolate rose in my mother’s freezer. I asked why she wasn’t eating it. She said that she liked to keep it there as a reminder of me and she would only remove it when her prayers for me had been answered.
More years went by and I was in recovery. I was sober and feeling well. I was visiting my sister and she suggested that we write down the things we felt guilty about on little pieces of paper and nail them to a tree. It would signify the death of Jesus on the cross for us and that He had already paid the price for our sins. We walked out to a tree in the woods and nailed them there. We left them with Jesus as He reassured us that our sins were forgiven and we were freed from guilt and shame.
My mother visited us at my sister’s house as well. She brought the chocolate rose with her. She said that she wanted to bury it to signify that God had answered her prayers for me. She buried the rose at the foot of the tree that represented the cross.
I thank God for blessing me with such a special family and I am so thankful for this beautiful Gift of a Rose on the Journey!