Gloria Ford:Consider the lilies, how they grow
“And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls.”
The rain seems to have ceased for a while, but it was good for the gardens and other crops. Even though it rained consistently for a while, I still didn’t see the rainbow arching across the sky. When I was growing up it seemed that after every rain we could see the rainbow and remember the story of how God promised never to destroy the entire world by water anymore. It was a glorious sight and a witnessing tool to the children of the day. The story is still found in Genesis, and we can’t let it be forgotten. Even though the rainbow is not readily seen anymore after the rain, God still keeps his promises. So, if He has made a promise to you, and it has been a long time coming, just keep the faith for it surely shall come.
Mary Lou Milton
I had the privilege of attending the 80th birthday celebration of Mrs. Mary Lou Milton at the Plantersville Elementary School cafeteria on Saturday, July 6, beginning at 5 p.m.
The tables were decorated in colors of red and white, as was the honoree who wore a stunning hat of red and a white suit. Mrs. Mary Louise Milton Adams served as mistress of ceremony. We followed the program as outlined, and had a wonderful time of fellowship and good wishes. We viewed reflections of Mrs. Milton’s younger and present days and of her family and friends. She was given credit of having raised her seven children after her husband passed away. The children have all become very successful and gave special credit to their mother for having been so dedicated. They were also responsible for this wonderful occasion. I spoke with daughter, Odessa and she named her siblings in order of age. They are: Maggie Milton, Samuel Milton, Mary Louise Adams, Odessa Gilliard, Carolyn Mitchell, James Milton, and Brenda Outten.
Mrs. Milton was also surrounded by her siblings Geneva Alston, Katherine Ford Gamble, Ethel Ford Hughie, Joseph Ford, and John Arthur Ford. Many relatives and friends celebrated the occasion including entertainment guests Mrs. Glenda Cox (Sister Nora) and yours truly. We were served a delicious meal.
Others were given a chance to reflect on Mrs. Milton, and the program ended with a word of thanks from the honoree for helping her to celebrate her 80th birthday, and thanks to God for letting her live to see. Let us wish her many, many more happy birthdays. “Life should be measured not by the number of years, but rather by the love shared, the memories made, the joy given, and the blessings received.” (Quote from the invitation)
Kayla Frances Louise Singleton
I am very proud of my granddaughter, Kayla Frances Louise Singleton for her high school graduation from Colonial High School in Orlando, Florida. She has been a hard and determined young lady who loves the Lord, and that has paid off greatly for her. Congratulations to her parents, Brendia Enoch and Devron Singleton, and to her big sister Ashlei. May the Lord continue to guide her footsteps.
I noticed in my yard, and in many of the yards that I passed not too long ago, that the Easter lily was blooming late, but very beautiful. The colors even seemed more brilliant than at regular blooming time.
The trumpet shape of the lily makes it a symbol of royalty, and the white color indicates purity, innocence, hope, and virtue. The Lily of the Valley is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring. Its fresh appearance after a long winter makes it a symbol of both Christ and the Virgin Mary.
Mary is thought to be Solomon’s “lily among thorns,” meaning that she is the only female who was born without the taint of original sin and she alone kept herself pure. Jesus was the only male without sin.
Christ made the lily a symbol of what would be done for those who trust in divine providence when He said, “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
Won’t you consider not only the lilies today, but all of God’s creation? When you do, you will find that He is an awesome God. One who made you and me and the whole wide world.
Let us thank God for His creativity and His love and compassion for all of His children, even for giving us the beauty of a flower to be a witness for our lives.
Please remember to pray for the sick and shut in, the bereaved, those in prison and those on the battlefield, innocent victims in war torn lands, our doctors, our hospital staff, those who live alone and have no relatives, the homeless, the hungry, and for each other. May God continue to bless you, and give you peace, and help you to enjoy His wonderful world.
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