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Creation: Grace in a little red rose

Grace (definition):

The free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

8 years ago, when I moved from my rented townhouse in a city (City #1) 200 miles away to join my husband in City #2, I took my many pots of flowering plants (mainly roses) with me.
But there were two little red rose plants that I couldn’t take with me. They were not in containers, but grew in the ground of the townhouse’s back patio. I hadn’t planted them — the roses were already there when I’d first moved into the townhouse.
I was in anguish about abandoning the two red roses — to certain death, because the new corporate owner of the townhouse meant to tear down the entire complex of cottages and townhouses to build condominiums instead. I even tried to dig the roses out with a shovel, but their roots went too deep.
And so, on moving day, I whispered my regrets and bade the little red roses goodbye.
Two years went by….
One spring, I noticed a new shoot growing inside a large pot of mauve-colored roses in the garden of my “new” home in City #2. To my surprise, the shoot grew leaves and buds, and the buds blossomed. It’s the little red rose I had abandoned!
I thought it was rather odd because in all the 14 years in the townhouse, although I had pots next to the red roses in the ground, they had never propagated inside any of the pots. But then, what other explanation could there be, other than that a pip from the old red rose must have fallen into the mauve rose-pot, and took two years to root and grow a shoot?
However the self-propagation had happened, I was overjoyed to see the little red rose. It lives!!!
The next spring, something even more remarkable happened.
The red rose shot up in another pot several feet from the first pot!
And then, another red rose shoot sprouted in yet another pot that was separated from the first two pots by a brick-paved garden path!
And then, red rose shoots sprouted from the ground between the pots!
By spring of last year, 2013, the little red rose had miraculously propagated itself in SIX places:

  • In the large pot of mauve-colored roses (#1).
  • In a pot of salmon-colored roses 2 feet away (#2).
  • Across a brick path (see composite pic below) to yet another pot of pink-colored roses (#3).
  • Sprouting from the ground (#4).
  • In yet another pot (#5).
  • Across the brick path again to a pot of yellow-colored roses (#6).

6 redsClick pic to enlarge

This year, when Spring arrived, I felt a bit wistful, convinced that the miracle of the little red rose surely had ended.
Do you see the end of the brick path in the picture above ending in steps to my house’s front door?
Right next to the steps in front of the bay window is a large pot of yellow roses. I had bought the rose and the pot AFTER I had moved to city #2. Here’s a pic:
yellow roses1 (2)One morning in April, I noticed that the yellow rose had sprouted a new shoot from its woody burl.
The green shoot grew and grew. Then buds appeared. Then the buds grew bigger . . . and blossomed.
It’s the little red rose!
As you can see in the pics below, the little red rose grew OUT OF THE BURL of the yellow rose.
miracle red1miracle red2miracle red3

Can any horticulturalist explain this?

I now know I will always have the little red rose with me, for as long as I live.
Praise God!

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Sunday Devotional: Mercy

lightning clouds

I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and arrogant, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief. Indeed the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. […]

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these, I am the foremost. But for that reason I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life.

To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen

– 1 Timothy 1:13-17

wowFrom Eowyn’s garden, August 2013

For St. Paul’s story of mercy and redemption, see “The saint whom Christ struck blind,” July 1, 2012.


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Sunday Devotional


Letter to the Hebrews 12:1-4

Brothers and sisters:
Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood.

big roseFrom Eowyn’s garden, August 2013 (click to enlarge)

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Creation: How plants avoid starvation

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” -Matthew 6:28-29

yellow daylilies

A team of scientists at John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, discovered that plants do complex arithmetic calculations to make sure they have enough food to get through the night until daylight, when they can once again feed themselves through photosynthesis.

Plants Do Sums to Get Through the Night,” Scientific Computing, June 24, 2013

New research shows that to prevent starvation at night, plants perform accurate arithmetic division. The calculation allows them to use up their starch reserves at a constant rate so that they run out almost precisely at dawn.

“This is the first concrete example in a fundamental biological process of such a sophisticated arithmetic calculation,” said mathematical modeller Prof. Martin Howard from the John Innes Centre.

Howard & SmithProfs. Martin Howard and Alison Smith. Courtesy of Norwich Bioscience Institutes

Plants feed themselves during the day by using energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide into sugars and starch. Once the sun has set, they must depend on a store of starch to prevent starvation.

In research published in the open access journal eLife, scientists at the John Innes Centre show that plants make precise adjustments to their rate of starch consumption. These adjustments ensure that the starch store lasts until dawn even if the night comes unexpectedly early or the size of the starch store varies.

The John Innes Centre scientists show that to adjust their starch consumption so precisely they must be performing a mathematical calculation –- arithmetic division.

“The capacity to perform arithmetic calculation is vital for plant growth and productivity,” said metabolic biologist Professor Alison Smith. “Understanding how plants continue to grow in the dark could help unlock new ways to boost crop yield.”

During the night, mechanisms inside the leaf measure the size of the starch store and estimate the length of time until dawn. Information about time comes from an internal clock, similar to our own body clock. The size of the starch store is then divided by the length of time until dawn to set the correct rate of starch consumption, so that, by dawn, around 95% of starch is used up.

“The calculations are precise so that plants prevent starvation but also make the most efficient use of their food,” said Smith. “If the starch store is used too fast, plants will starve and stop growing during the night. If the store is used too slowly, some of it will be wasted.”

The scientists used mathematical modelling to investigate how such a division calculation can be carried out inside a plant. They proposed that information about the size of the starch store and the time until dawn is encoded in the concentrations of two kinds of molecules (called S for starch and T for time). If the S molecules stimulate starch consumption, while the T molecules prevent this from happening, then the rate of starch consumption is set by the ratio of S molecules to T molecules, in other words S divided by T.

H/t The Times of India

purple&dogwood2Pictures of flowers are of Eowyn’s garden after a summer rain, 2013.


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Creation: Flowers in Spring Rain

First blooms in the garden, wet from a gentle Spring rain….

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It's Spring!

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H/t my dear sis-in-law Shireen  🙂

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January Bouquet – Eowyn's Roses

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I'm Back online and Recovering Thanks to All Your Prayers and Suppport!

Dear members of the Fellowship,
I can’t begin to express my gratitude for all the lovingkindness of your prayers and support.  My accident happened exactly a month ago today and as I’m still hobbling around in a leg brace on crutches. After the first few weeks, my pain is minimal and I’m more bored than suffering.  I truly believe God answered your prayers for my recovery.  My follow-up appointment with the Orthopedic specialist is tomorrow morning.  I hope he feels as good about my recovery as I do.
My son was in town last week and worked on updating my laptop to the point it would recognize the wireless router so I could be online and still comply with the doctor’s orders to keep my leg elevated.  I’ve been playing around with it and took the opportunity to make a video of Eowyn’s photos of the Yellow Roses.  Here it is!
God, it’s great to be back!  Thank you!  ~LTG

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Glorious Yellow

Summer is fading and winter will soon be here….
Here’s a look back at the yellow flowers from Eowyn’s garden.


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Morning Fog

After 4 days of searing heat, fog returned this morning….
Photos by Eowyn

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