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What started  out as a fondness for a beautiful flower, and rolled into a compulsive all consuming passion for acquiring and planting as many varieties as possible, has now become a wonderful livelihood for Charles andCindy Lucius over on Amity Road in Hilliard.

They have over 700 different day lilies in front and back yards, each more breath taking than the last. Some are round with pretty ruffles, and some are cascading  spidery beauties, while others have gorgeous double flowers. Some are no bigger than a quarter while others are the size of a small plate, and the color palate is enough to boggle the mind. (Well, mine at least). So when I tried to consider these lilies for la landscaping project in my yard, I was nearly overwhelmed. My choices we based solely on color and personal preference, and I can’t wait to see how they will bloom and multiply in years to come.


“Consider the lilies”…Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount. “They neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:28-29  Lilies are an amazing plant. Here in Ohio there is an abundance of roadside lilies just about everywhere. They’re mostly orange or yellow, but hearty and beautiful as they defy the odds and sprout up year after year. They grow up alongside thorns and thistles that seek to choke the out, They are threatened by insects and mold and various diseases. They’re trampled by dogs and children, eaten by deer and rabbits. Yet they keep coming back year after year, stronger and more beautiful than ever.

There have been a couple of horribly tragic deaths in the last few weeks in several of our church communities. Senseless deaths, leaving families and communities and schools in shock and pain beyond bearable. Consider the lilies….Is Jesus telling us that Death doesn’t reign – that death doesn’t have the last word? I think so, for if it did, there would be no more lilies, and surely we are more precious to God than they are. He says so.

God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve providing them everything they needed. Even after they sinned, God did not forsake them. Thousands of years later, Jesus walked in the Garden of Gethsemane, before his enemies came to take him away and ultimately crucify him. Then it was finished, and he was laid to rest like a sleeping lily, in the garden of the dead. But he rose on Easter morning to undo what sin had done and to fulfill the promise that death no longer has the final say.

Death is dead. Jesus lives. The lilies come forth each Spring to remind us. As Church we are called to be a non-anxious witness to those who are hurting, to those who are walking in pain and sorrow. Consider the lilies…….which belong to the Lord, who provides for them according to His promise. And we, who are worth more to Him than flowers, we have been died for, claimed in the waters of baptism and nurtured in His truth, let us walk in His ways, that we may bear witness. Death does not reign. Jesus does.


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