Somewhere along the wayside where honey bees meet
Comes the special fragrance of a rose smelling so sweet
When the morning dew begins to settle
The sun shines forth so it glistens on each petal
What can you compare with the beauty of a rose
Swaying so gently as the cool wind blows
© Esther Johnson 1997
Recently on a road trip to Georgia to visit our family, my Mother received a copy of her poetry that she had written in 1997. Initially she did not remember the poems; however as she read The Beauty of a Rose, her memory sharpened and she began to elaborate on the fact that 1997 was her most productive year as a poet. Much to her surprise, there was a letter from a publishing company in Owings Mills, Maryland that not only acknowledged her poetic talent; but also informed her that one of her poems would be published in their book entitled The Best Poems of 1997.
After reading the last poem, my Mother handed me the binder of her cherished poems and instructed me to carry on her legacy as a writer. As I accepted the responsibility to fulfill her wish, I was overwhelmed with emotion; even so, I am very thankful that God has allowed me to be the recipient of the wonderful gift to convey to others the love He has for his created beings.
The world defines legacy as something tangible–an amount of money or property left to someone in a will. Nonetheless, tangible items lose their value and depreciate so quickly that the receiver loses appreciation of the gift. The intangible gift of love never loses its value; since we were created from God’s love, we have a natural inclination and are born with the ability to love others.
Yes, there is beauty in the rose, however, nothing compares to the bond of love that God intended for family. In fact, God created family for the purpose of loving, supporting, and validating one another. Familial love provides the foundation for us to initiate and sustain healthy relationships based on respect, forgiveness, self-control, structure, discipline, and boundaries.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22,23 NLT
When we are obedient to God’s original plan, we have the responsibility to nurture and pass on the legacy of love to subsequent generations.
How are you fulfilling your responsibility to pass on the legacy of love?
Prayer for today: Dear God, We have not acknowledged your great love for us; therefore we are unable to have healthy relationships with our family members or others. Please teach us how to love you, to love others, and to love ourselves. We do not possess the Fruit of the Spirit and we need a spiritual makeover of our character. We ask you to forgive us of our sins. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz