…….February 7, 2015
Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And YOU its only seed.
It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
IN THE SPRING BECOMES THE ROSE.**
Above all the months of the year, February is the month of love.
- Because of February’s theme some people choose to get engaged or married during this month.
- Many times the fourteenth becomes their special date.
- February celebrates our personal valentines with cards and gifts.
- This time of year has romance, hearts, flowers (especially Roses), candy and lovely songs that speak to us of love.
I would venture to guess that Roses are the number one favorite flower of a large percentage of people in this world.
- Their beauty, variety and form is unsurpassed.
- One of the most expensive perfumes in the world “Joy” comes from lavender roses.
Roses are not easy to raise. It takes attention and care to establish a young Rose bush.
- You can’t just plop them in the ground anywhere.
- They need a specific spot, the correct soil, the right amount of light and water.
- The most surprising thing to me was how deep and big of a hole has to be dug before you can plant a new Rose bush.
- As the roots become established it is then time to be alert to pests.
- They like to hide on the underside of the leaves to do their damage.
- If ignored, the plant can easily die; especially a young one.
The best time to cut Roses is when the bud is fully developed, but not quite yet in full bloom.
- That’s when all the preparation pays off and for a few days we enjoy the form, color and sweet scent of a Rose.
- If you choose not to cut the blooms for your pleasure then you must remove the dead blooms.
- A Rose will produce more if new or old blooms are continually removed.
Finally, when their growing and blooming season is over they need to be pruned.
- This can be difficult to do but is a necessary process to ensure a healthy future.
- You must trim back the older branches; sometimes quite severely.
- This encourages a stronger plant and even more blooming during it’s next cycle of life.
- Although it’s beauty is now hidden the Rose will bloom again.
The song “The Rose” is a thoughtful song, not necessarily about romantic love.
- The message of this song is about life and how we decide to live it.
- It’s about choices and living our lives from the inside out.
- It’s about taking a chance and putting yourself out there.
- It’s about our dreams and disappointments.
- It’s about being broken, but getting back up and starting again.
- It’s message is about life, death and rebirth.
As you have read the past few words, I trust you will think about what has been said. Note the parallels of “The Rose” that apply to your life and faith. We can all take comfort in knowing that after winter has spent itself…….“The Rose” will bloom again.
“Remember, anyone can love a rose,
but it takes a great heart to include the thorns.”
**Composed: by Amanda McBroom, 1977 – – Sung by Bette Midler