Irises in Autumn ….and economic promise

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One morning in early October I was pleasantly surprised to find several iris buds blooming in my garden. This particular iris had apparently defied the notion that it should bloom only in the spring! And for the rest of that month, I was rewarded with a continuous bounty of beautiful lavender flowers.

The appreciation I felt for these wonderful blooms challenged me to think more deeply about God and His goodness. I asked myself if this little iris plant could teach me a big spiritual lesson—specifically direct me to how I could pray about what looked like a less-than-bountiful world economy.

A marvelous quotation from Mary Baker Eddy’s Science and Health came to mind, “The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity.” I thought about how an apostle is one who is assigned to carry out a mission to advance an important message. And hieroglyphs are symbols or pictures in sacred writings, or inscriptions that communicate a message to the observer.

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