An Evanescent rose. I took this picture in late November 2015 at Santa Cruz, CA. I have a soft spot for roses. Is it because of their beauty despite the thorns? Or should I rephrase my question to, is it because of their beauty in having the thorns? I believe there are two perspectives. One can view the thorns as encumbrances. Another may view the thorns as added advantages. I like to think that the thorns of a rose demonstrate the strength of an otherwise seemingly fragile looking flower. I do not like to liken a rose to a woman or vice versa. But if anyone ever thinks of a woman as a rose, please also think of the thorns, that is, the inherent strength of a woman. No, women are not the weaker ones.
Another day’s spring
Untiringly for her prince
In a state of grace
Art is contemplation of the world in a state of grace. Hermann Hesse.
Song of Solomon 2:1
I am the rose of Sharon, And the lily of the valleys.
how rare yet how regreful
having missed her best
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:48)
and begged Him that they might only touch the hem of His garment. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well. (Matthew 14:36)
[ Seeing God Through Love ] No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. (1 John 4:17)
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. (1 John 4:18)