A carpenter by trade, Earl read the signed note with great interest, because he recognized the names.
“This little rose was given to me on our first-month anniversary. I hung it inside this wall with the hope that all who live in this apartment will be as happy as we have been.”
This dear little note protected an oh-so-dried-up red rose. To his delight, the two people mentioned still lived in the community. Better yet, they were still married. Hugs and tears of joy followed when he hand-delivered the flower!
Another person might have ignored the rose, or called it junk and tossed it. However, Earl recognized it for what it was: love.
Mark 16:9– When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. (NIV)
Jesus rose from the dead. Some deny it. Some refute it. Others leave the resurrection hanging where they found it — no decision for them.
But others see that Jesus Rose and understand the message. And they pass it on.
Have you seen the Jesus Rose for yourself?
John 3:16– For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)
Prayer: Lord, thanks for giving us Your Son, the Jesus Rose, the emblem of Your love. Make Him real to us again today. Amen.