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THE BOUQUET OF LOVE


In A Second Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Rev. John R. Ramsey tells how in one church a certain person provided him with a rose boutonniere for the lapel of his suit every Sunday. At first he really appreciated it but then it sort of became routine.


Then one Sunday it became very special. As he was leaving the Sunday Service a young boy walked up to him and said, "Sir, what are you going to do with your flower?"


At first the preacher didn't know what the boy was talking about. When it sank in, he pointed to the rose on his lapel and asked the boy, "Do you mean this?"


The boy said, "Yes, sir. If you're just going to throw it away, I would like it."


The preacher smiled and told him he could have the flower and then casually asked what he was going to do with it.


The boy, looked up at the preacher and said, "Sir, I'm going to give it to my grandmother. She has been can but there is nothing special that we can do. She is so good to me. She cooks for me and takes care of me. I wanted to give her that pretty flower for loving me."


When the little boy finished, the preacher could hardly speak. He reached up and unpinned the rose. With the flower in his hand, he looked at the boy and said, "Son that is the nicest thing that I've ever heard but you can't have this flower because it's not enough. If you'll look in front of the pulpit, you'll see a big bouquet of flowers. Different families buy them for the Church each week. Please take those flowers to your granny because she deserves the very best."


Then the boy made one last statement. The boy said, "What a wonderful day! I asked for one flower but got a beautiful bouquet."


Like that boy's grandmother, God has blessed us so much. He hasn't just given us the flower of taking care of our daily needs, He has given us the bouquet of eternal life through Jesus Christ His Son.



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