Lavender’s Blue

The lavender in our garden is blue….as in sad, depressed, and pathetic.

In spite of what that old song says, lavender’s color is not really blue, it’s…well…lavender. Sometimes it is actually outright purple, which is one reason I love it.

But my failed endeavor to grow it sure makes me blue, and the drooping plant resembles my mood about the failure. Yes, this is one plant that eludes the list of success stories in our humble backyard garden. Even the new so-called “foolproof” variety, “Phenomenal,” has shown itself less than phenomenal when it comes to survival under my black thumb. Continue reading “Lavender’s Blue”

Jesus groaned

One of the most impressive things about Jesus was how much he cared for people.

The Greek concept of God was that of an impersonal and uncaring being. In fact, the Greeks thought their gods were just too self-centered to care. Greeks could not conceive of a deity that could sympathize with humans. The thought was foreign to them.

Yet, Jesus showed great compassion for people. In John 11:33, the sight of Mary weeping evoked powerful emotion from Jesus. The verse tells us, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled” (John 11:33 NASB). Continue reading “Jesus groaned”