To know you are loved, is being a garden in full bloom

*her name was Pinku

I cannot describe the stink of the room with not one normal smelling thing in it. We had just walked through slush to get here. Marin, the lady with ash blonde fringe and eyes like green stars, she ploughs on as if it were a normal day. In the room, the child* sits with amputated leg; my thoughts are a hung merry-go-round. The child will die soon, her grandmother tells us. The old lady sits spreadeagled in the floor with the abandon of hopelessness and dare. Like- dare you tell me any thing about hygiene– poverty did that to her. To us all. As we leave, the child’s eyes are wide saucers above her smile. She wants to say much but is afraid of Grandma. She loved drawing class with me, and times we did little stories from the Bible. I say ‘did’ because we’d act them out, act out those scenes where we were actors, we were boat and waves, we were the storm, we were scared in the storm till we saw Jesus walking on the water to us, and then we’d scream for sheer happy riotous fear/ joy.

All this I felt as we left the child and grandmother; the child died a few months later. I never forget how beautiful her face was in that little room strung with gunny sack and tarpaulin. The child knew she was loved by Christ, the pain did nothing to stop her joy: like a garden in bloom, in the breeze that took its fragrance into other places.

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17 thoughts on “To know you are loved, is being a garden in full bloom

    1. Paula, ♥yes that little one knew ! Thank you so.much for being here and do forgive my delay in replying or inability to visit FMF, though I do try and link the best I can. Been busy since last year; hope to catch up on where I’ve left off. Stay well and safe dear friend🌻

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  1. This really moved me to the core. I’m quite sure that when you left that room, you left behind a different fragrance…the aroma of Christ.
    2 Corinthians 2:15-17 (ESV)
    “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.”

    Thank you for sharing this experience from your heart.
    ~ Cindie, visiting from FMF #53

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    1. Dear Cindy! How wonderful to have you feel what I felt. I’ve been a bad blogger, not being able to reply to your kind response. Ah I do hope I left behind a little niceness there. Wasn’t a very pleasant moment in some ways except the one that matters the most. That child was the best part.
      “Aroma of Christ…” That’s my fav line♥, ….’commissioned’
      Love that too.
      How big the heart of Christ, beyond my Lil mind, and yet…!

      Thank you for being here; I haven’t been able to visit FMF or any , but should soon. Take care, stay safe🌻

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