So I was looking through the photos I've taken these past few weeks, hoping to find something that I wanted to share with you, when I came across this series of rose and pearl photos that I had taken at a whim. After rose Sunday, Judson is flooded with gorgeous red roses that are each miniature works of art. It's pretty easy to take beautiful photos of roses.
Rather than just throwing up some pretty pictures (which I love to do by the way - if you want to see more you should look me up on facebook), I thought I'd do some research on the symbolism of roses and what that means, escpecially to a Judson woman.
Time to Google something.
First off, from teleflora.com, I learned that roses, especially red ones, are a symbol of love. We all know that the much coveted Valentine's gift is a big bunch of crimson beauties. But what does that mean to us at Judson, from a Christian perspective, rather than a "hooray, my boyfriend-fiance-mother-sister-aunt-brother-whomever loves me" view?
As a Judson sister, and as a Christian, we are called to love each other.
In Mark 12:30-31 Jesus puts it this way, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."
So I like to think that the roses on Rose Sunday are a reminder for us to love one another, our selves, and God. To quote a non-biblical source:
There's nothing you can do that can't be done.
Nothing you can sing that can't be sung.
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game - It's easy.
There's nothing you can make that can't be made.
No one you can save that can't be saved.
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time - It's easy.
All you need is love, all you need is love,
All you need is love, love, love is all you need.
See? Even the Beatles got it.
Love, it's what's for dinner, and breakfast, and lunch - all the time.
Just love people, ok?