10 years ago, Mother’s Day 2008,
I wrote this short piece that was used as
a call to worship.
Jesus, The Rose of Sharon
Today is the 100th anniversary of Mother’s Day: In the U.S., in 1908 Ana Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. Jarvis persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother’s Day on the anniversary of her mother’s death. A memorial service was held there on May 10, 1908.
Mother’s day is a day for flowers. Carnations are traditional and roses are always welcomed. Lilies are beautiful, and I love those wonderful bouquets of spring flowers. This morning, I have a bouquet for you. It is a simple bouquet, a collection of desert flowers. Look at them:
- “Like the crocus, (the desert) will burst into bloom,” says Isaiah.
- The white flower of the mustard seed reminds us of the power of faith.
- Jesus declared the “lilies of the field” greater than Solomon’s glory.
Perhaps the most famous flower in the Bible is “The Rose of Sharon.” The flower blooms late in the spring and is so sweet it attracts many hummingbirds.
Although the flower is not directly connected to Jesus in Scripture, for generations the flower has been a reminder of our Lord and Savior, the Bridegroom who has come for his bride. The flower played an important role at a wedding.
The Scripture quotation is a wedding scene from Song of Solomon 2:1-2. The bride delight in her love, “I am a Rose of Sharon; I am a lily of the valley.” Her bridegroom replies, “Like a lily among thrones is my darling among the young women.”
In 1921 a beautiful poem was written about “Jesus, the Rose of Sharon.”* I would like this poem to be our prayer this morning:
Jesus, Rose of Sharon, bloom within my heart;
Beauties of Thy truth and holiness impart,
That where’er I go my life may shed abroad
Fragrance of the knowledge of the love of God.
*Ida A. Guirey, 1922