How were they to know that he formerly was a florist?

Page from Genesis ripped out dropped from extended hand

Held out from the highest height of the interstate overpass

A psalm floating down between concrete banked air currents

He stood steadfast alongside and above gridlock stopped traffic

Verse about the narrow road settling on the pavement

Captive audience rapt in the frustration of their own wiles below

Two things He said were most important above all landing in print

Just out of reach of drivers and passengers trapped in seat belts

With pages from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John falling in order

Doors unlocking in sync with mass unbuckling on the beltway

Citizens stepping out of their varied cars, trucks, and vans

To walk unified forward like sheep called by their shepherd

But the bible belt preacher stayed still in his car

With his fat face growing redder by the second

With fury boiling over the audacity of the florist and the Way

He let what were once factory-bound holy pages now torn out

Fall so freely like feathers from a dove

Onto the war cracked concrete of a broken city

Offering Authentic Hope and Peace

I’m learning that one of the advantages of growing older is experience. At this particular time it is the more difficult experiences that I’ve been through in my life that provide me with the most comfort now. Specifically, it is the knowledge that at various points in my life I have suffered deeply, but, despite that fact, those events are in my past as is the suffering that I endured. In addition, the trials that I’ve dealt with have helped me to better appreciate, than I would have before, the blessings that I have now.

If one takes time to look around them they’ll see family, friends, and acquaintances dealing with difficult situations. Why not take a moment to offer them the hope that the future can be brighter despite current circumstances?

Sometimes just a little well-grounded encouragement can make a world of difference to the person suffering. But, of course, the key is that you give encouragement that is rooted in real Hope. Without that anything you say really will just be empty words.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15