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Can
You
Feel
The fragrance of the Rose of Sharon
Spread throughout the world
Saturating every atom of creation?

The Rose of Sharon
Made a way in a manger
A way to the cross
For God so loved the world
He came among the thorns
But remained a rose
Soft
Delicate
Full of splendor
A King to save the world

The Rose of Sharon
Accommodated here
Met us where we are
For God so loved the world
He was crushed by hate
But remained a rose
Soft
Trampled
Pierced by
The thorns He came to save

The Rose of Sharon
Arose from the dark
Ascended to heaven
For God so loved the world
He conquered all evil
But remained a rose
Soft
Shining
Never leaving
Always loving His world

The Rose of Sharon
Gave resurrection hope
We strive to be cruciform
For God so loved the world
He calls us still
He remained a rose
Soft
Fragrant
Longing for us
To see us come home

Can
You
Feel
The fragrance of the Rose of Sharon
Spread throughout the world
Saturating every atom of creation?

He gave us the best gift possible – wrapped in a manger – one that lasts for every Christmas to come and all the days in between. Happy Christmas my friends!!!

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(And my mother gave me a long wished for but much smaller gift too, a willowtree!)

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