The Magnolia’s Blessing

 Magnolia's Blessing

Magnolias’ Blessing
By Edna Ellison
 
I spent the week before my daughter’s June wedding running last-minute trips to the caterer, florist, tuxedo shop, and the Church about forty miles away.
 
As happy as I was that Patsy was marrying a good Christian young man, I felt laden with responsibilities as I watched my budget dwindle.
 
 So many details, so many bills, and so little time. My son Jack was away at college, but he  said he would be there to walk his younger sister down the aisle, taking the place of his dad who had died a few years before.
 
He teased Patsy, saying he’d wanted to give her away since she
 was about three years old!
 
 To save money, I gathered blossoms from several friends who had large Magnolia trees.
 
Their luscious, creamy-white blooms and slick green  leaves would make beautiful arrangements against the rich dark wood inside the Church.
 
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 After the rehearsal dinner the night before the Wedding, we banked the podium area and Choir loft with Magnolias. As we left just before midnight, 
 
I felt tired but satisfied this would be the best Wedding any Bride had ever had! The music, the ceremony, the reception – and especially the flowers would be remembered for years.
 
 The big day arrived – the busiest day of my life and while her bridesmaids helped Patsy to dress, her fiance Tim walked with me to the sanctuary to do a final check.
 
When we opened the door and felt a rush of hot air, I almost fainted; and then I  saw them – all the beautiful white flowers were wilted and closed. 
 
  An electrical storm during the  night had knocked out the air conditioning system and on that hot summer day, the flowers had wilted and died.
 
  I panicked, knowing I didn’t have time to drive  back to our hometown, gather more flowers and return in  time for the wedding.
  
Tim turned to me. ‘Edna, can you get more  flowers? I’ll throw away these dead ones and put fresh flowers in these arrangements.’
 
 I mumbled, ‘Sure,’ as he be-bopped down the hall  to put on his cuff links.
 
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Alone in the large Sanctuary, I looked up at the dark wooden beams in the arched ceiling. ‘Lord,’  I prayed, ‘please help me. I don’t know anyone in this town.
 
 Help me find someone willing to give  me flowers – in a hurry!’ I scurried out praying for four things: the blessing of white magnolias, courage to find them in an unfamiliar yard,  safety from any dog that may bite my leg, and a nice  person who would not get out a shotgun when I asked to cut his tree to shreds.
 
 As I left the Church, I saw Magnolia trees in the distance. I approached a house…No dog in  sight.
 
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  I knocked on the door and an older man answered. So far so good. No shotgun. When I stated my plea the man beamed, ‘I’d be happy to!’
 
 He climbed a stepladder and cut large boughs and handed them down to me.
Minutes later, as I lifted the last armload into my car trunk, I said,
 
   ‘Sir, you’ve made the Mother of a Bride happy today.’
 
No, Ma’am,’ he said. ‘You don’t understand  what’s happening here.’ ‘What?’ I asked.  ‘You see, my wife of sixty-seven years died on Monday. On Tuesday I received friends at the funeral home, and on Wednesday . . . He paused…  
 
 I saw tears welling up in his eyes. ‘On Wednesday I buried her.’ He looked away. ‘On Thursday most  of my out-of-town relatives went back home, and on Friday – yesterday – my children left.’
  I nodded.
 
 ‘This morning,’ he continued, ‘I was sitting in  my den crying out loud. I miss her so much. For the last sixteen years, as her health got worse, she needed me.
 
But now nobody needs me. This morning  I cried, ‘Who needs an eighty-six-year-old wore-out man? Nobody!’ I began to cry louder. ‘Nobody  needs me!’ About that time, you knocked, and said…  
 
‘Sir, I need you.’
 
  I stood with my mouth open. He asked, ‘Are you an angel? The way the light shone around your head into my dark living room…
 
‘ I assured him I was no angel.
 
 He smiled. ‘Do you know what I was thinking when  I handed you those Magnolias?’
 
‘No.’ 
 
  ‘I decided I’m needed. My flowers are needed.  Why, I might have a flower Ministry!
 
 I could give  them  to everyone! Some caskets at the Funeral home have no flowers. People need flowers at times like that and I have lots of them.
 
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 They’re all over the backyard! I can give them to Hospitals, Churches all sorts of places. You know what I’m going to do? 
 I’m going to serve the Lord until the day He calls me Home!’
 
 I drove back to the Church, filled with wonder. 
 
 On Patsy’s Wedding day, if anyone had asked me to encourage someone who was hurting, I would have said, ‘Forget it! It’s my only daughter’s wedding, for goodness’ sake! There is no way I can  minister to anyone today.’
 
But God found a way. Through dead flowers. ‘Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way we cope with it is what  makes the difference.’
 
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 Being needed is so uplifting to each of us and God chooses to need us even though He is complete in the Godhead…Father, Son and Holy Ghost…
 
 This is indeed True greatness.
 
God’s blessings are there for us continually 
let’s always give thanks
 with a grateful heart.
 
 If you have missed knowing us Blogging Friends, we have missed a blessing.
 
If you have missed some of our Posts, you may have missed some helpful Godly advise, wonderful Stories and Reblogs by other gifted Authors or maybe a laugh or and an opportunity, to ponder on God’s Truth and some beautiful Photography by those capturing God’s awesome Creation.
 
But, if you have missed knowing our Lord and  Saviour, Jesus Christ, you have missed everything that is most important in the world.
 
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 Thank you for needing us, we indeed need you, your our Family.
 

 
Words…
I cried a tear
You wiped it dry
I was confused
You cleared my mind
I sold my soul
You bought it back for me
And held me up and gave me dignity
Somehow you needed me
Chorus
You gave me strength
To stand alone again
To face the world
Out on my own again
You put me high upon a pedestal
So high that I could almost see eternity
You needed me
You needed me
And I can’t believe it’s you I can’t believe it’s true
I needed you and you were there
And I’ll never leave, why should I leave
I’d be a fool
‘Cause I’ve finally found someone who really cares
You held my hand
When it was cold
When I was lost
You took me home
You gave me hope
When I was at the end
And turned my lies
Back into truth again
You even called me friend
Repeat Chorus
 
Written – Randy Goodrum 

 

 
 
 

About Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

Hi I’m a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my name is Anne. I live in Queensland Australia, I’m very much a People person believing we are all people of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free.
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8 Responses to The Magnolia’s Blessing

  1. Ron says:

    Thanks Anne for the lovely story of a mothers need being answered by a man needed to be needed. Gods economy is no where like ours is it , for in our everyday activities we sure need Him and others.

    Blessings
    Ron.

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Thanks Love for your comment and appreciation of my messages and stories, I look forward to your next Post on Ron’s Corner. Yes I agree Edna Ellison shares great Truth as she relates real life stories that show what is really important and as you also shared, we need God and others, we were created that way.

      Christian Love Always – Anne.

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  2. Your post moved me so much my friend. To me you are an angel indeed sent from heaven just like what the man said in this story. Your an angel that reminds us what God’s love is and to remember that we should thank him for the times he saved and loved us unconditionally. God bless you always and Ron.

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Wow dear Island Traveler , thank you for your very Loving words and thoughts but you need to have a talk to Ron, he will assure you I’m no Angel and if you want more comfirmation then go higher and ask God but you are right I really do have a passionate heart longing to share God’s Love and Truth and yes how wonderful if all God’s Children knew just how much He Loved them and as you said, we need to always give thanks to Him and of course to others, thank you for blessing me and reminding me that I’m a person of worth as we all are..

      Christian Love from us both Always – Anne

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  3. Lady Deidre says:

    Loved the magnolias and God’s Blessings. I love watching the Lord work miracles through the most unlikely circumstances. Great post, Annie! Enjoyed!
    God Bless you!

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Dei, very True our God is a God of the impossible and yet can use everyday things to help us walk in victory, sometimes sadly we take for granted what is His blessings or leading, even worse some claim He does evil or causes us to suffer to achieve what He wants for us, yes He can work everything for good but does not cause the bad things we encounter in life, all things good come from Him.

      Thank you for visiting dear Dei, I read your last post and remembered other animals that we can learn from especially if we are slow in getting the message, not that I think you are but perhaps at one time I was defiantly.

      See you soon Christian Love – Annie

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  4. T says:

    This is really beautiful 🙂

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi T, yes Edna Ellison has showed clearly in a very real situation that we need to be needed, God created us this way and we know that as part of the Body of Christ we need each other.

      Thank you T for visiting – Christian Love Always – Anne

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