Surprise

Last year when this tree blossomed in our back yard, the blossoms lasted less than a week and the leaves withered up soon after.

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This year we didn’t expect anything. One day the leaves started poking out. The next week buds had formed and soon after we had blossoms all over.

What rejoicing!

cherry_blossom_blue_sky_candace_rose The storms and wind brought down the blossoms quickly this year, but the leaves are still there!cherry_blossom_candace_rose

Happy Fourth of July! I pray you have a blessed and safe celebrations.

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Whenever I see these flowers I think of their name. Which makes me think of school shootings. Mostly, the Colorado one in 1999. I remember the stories of Cassie Bernall and later Rachel Scott. And then I think of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and the brave acts that saved many little lives.

It makes my heart ache for the families who lost someone precious and for the children who will have the memory of death for the rest of their life. It makes me angry. It makes me pray.

Then I look at the flower again and think of life, how it is frail and beautiful and only lasts for a moment. Life lost too soon… death. It can claim any one of us at any moment.columbine