Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blue Roses

This was sent to me in an email by my uncle. I thought it was very good so I decided to share it with you. How many blue roses do you know or have you met? I know a few and have met several. They are so precious.

Blue Roses

Why do I always have to be the one that starts to do laundry and there's no
detergent? Well, I guess it was
time for me to do my store run, which
included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags and Clorox. So off I go.

I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies, and headed for the
checkout counter only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by
a young man that
appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently
waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he
waved his
hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over

It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged, and also startled as he
turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze
by. His
eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy,
what's your name?"

"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.
"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but
my name
is Hal."

"Hal, like Halloween?" he asked.

"Yes," I answered. "How old are
you Denny?"

"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from
the next aisle. "You're fifteen-
years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let
the man pass by."

I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes

about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with
excitement because he was the center of someone's attention. He then

abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.

Denny's mom had a puzzled look
on her face and thanked me for taking the
time to talk with her son. She told
me that most people wouldn't even look
at him, much less talk to him. I told her that it was my pleasure and then
I said something I have no idea
where it came from, other than by the
prompting of the Holy Spirit.

I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow and pink roses in God's
garden, however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for

their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if
someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and tou
ch that
rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.

She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who
are you?"

Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm
probably just a dandelion but I sure love
living in God's garden."

Please the next time you see a
BLUE ROSE don't turn your head and walk off,
take the time to smile and say Hello. Because by the grace of GOD this
mother could be you. This could
be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew.
What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.

From an old dandelion.

Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God.

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