Peace In The Garden – Poetry

Peace In The Garden
By: Linda A. Long

Lying in the garden
Of peace
And tranquility
Rests my mind
Spent from needless
Worry
Exhausted from
Endless
Planning
Resolved
To shut off
And be ok
With nothingness
It’s ok
To be quiet
And spend time
In reflection
It’s ok
To lye
In a hammock
And daydream
Or just be
Silent in a
Moment of peace
Time doesn’t have
To be filled
With tasks
Life shouldn’t
Be measured
By checking
Off to do lists
It’s ok
To have peace
In the garden
Of your mind
Slow down
Slow it down
Hear the clock tick
But still enjoy
The silence
In your mind
Be in the middle
Of chaos
Without
Being controlled by it
Peacefully practice
The art of controlling
The mind
To warrior precision
Slow down
It’s not easy
Shut off the noise
It forces us
To see ourselves
And hear what
We don’t want
To know
See what we don’t
Want to see
Yet
Once it is heard
Once it is seen
We can make peace
With it
And move forward
Letting go
Of the power
It once had over us
Lye in the garden
With me
Find peace
And tranquility
In this very
Moment
When two souls
Intersection
In perfect harmony
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Photo Credit
A Special Day | Irene Sheri, 1968

While I believe the painting is of a girl on her wedding day, I really chose the painting to go with this poem for the peacefulness in her face and the roses surrounding her. We all know I really love roses and the special significance and meaning roses have for me. I only wish I could have them in the house without sneezing all day and getting a headache! 🙂
Retreived from:

http://www.tuttartpitturasculturapoesiamusica.com/ 

I Will Let Fall A Shower Of Roses


St. Therese and the Shower of Roses

www.littleflower.org

What did she (St. Therese)  mean by her “Shower of Roses”?

Experience has shown that St. Therese’s “shower of roses” is both figurative and actual. As she was dying in the convent infirmary, Therese could look out and see the rose bushes blossoming. She loved roses. She had thrown rose petals as a Child before the Blessed Sacrament. As she reflected on her quiet, hidden, and gentle life ending, she believed in faith that God had great things in store for her. She believed that her mission was only beginning as she entered the fullness of life with God. She explained: “After my death, I will let fall a shower of roses. I will spend my heaven doing good upon earth. I will raise up a mighty host of little saints. My mission is to make God loved…”

Shortly after her death, the rain of roses began. Sometimes roses literally appeared, and sometimes just the fragrance of them. Cures of painful and fatal diseases and many other miraculous experiences were attributed to her intercession. Sometimes people found inner peace and regained an inner warmth of spirit and confidence, by appealing to St. Therese. Many miracles and actions of St. Therese do not involve roses. More often than not, marvelous things happen in people’s lives as they ask for her heavenly intercession. The miracles, healings and inner peace come from the trust one places in God, not from any manifestation of roses. St. Therese lived in the dark night of the senses and spirit, with little consolation. Thus, the friends and followers of St. Therese expect no consolation of sighted roses that their prayers are being answered. Her “little way” is about child-like trust and gentle love. She is the great apostle of faith in God’s love, not simple reliance on physical signs. Jesus warned us, and Therese experienced that the desire for signs is a sign of weak faith. It is always important to remember that St. Therese did not experience extra-ordinary phenomena in her life. Her faith was refined and strengthened by God.

Roses are Therese’s signature. It is her way of whispering to those who need a sign that she has heard, and God is responding. Thousands of people have given witness to the way Therese responds to their petitions and prayers with grace and roses. The grace is more important than the roses. So many miracles have happened through the intercession of St. Therese without any roses appearing – usually the deep inner peace of accepting God’s will and seeing His loving plan and presence is the “rose” experienced. Sometimes the lack of a physical “rose signature” is an affirmation of a strong faith.

One does not pray for roses. Therese’s message is about simplicity and love in the ordinary events of life. Trust in Therese is important, and when she wills, roses or their fragrance may appear. The stories are remarkable how roses have shown up in the lives and experiences of people, especially in the darkest times. The ordinary and constant way these roses and graces have shown up in people’s experience is extraordinary. It is important to always maintain the rose of confidence that our All-Loving God hears and responds to our needs, according to the mysterious ways of His Love.

Photo Credit:
http://www.kareemoorepsychicmedium.com/clairvoyant-corner/2011/10/plum-wedding-red-roses/