Back to the rose and the art class. My heart wasn't in it that day. My thoughts kept drifting away to his pretty wife and young son, to his daughter.... I caught a glimpse of their pain and I prayed for them. I prayed a lot. The next morning, as I put the finishing touches on the rose I stood back to get a look at the finished painting and heard the Lord whisper, "that's a forever rose..... a forever rose for, Annemarie."
Last Thursday, I stopped to give Annemarie the painting. Her emotional response made me cry as well. During the next half hour, she shared that roses were her favorite. Especially this particular color. In fact they have several rose bushes that bloom the same deep pink and it was common for Rodney to place one in a glass vase on her night stand. She also said, that at the end of the day they had a glass of wine on their porch always tapping their special toast, "Together, forever!"
We hugged, cried, marveled at God! She shared numerous ways that He has comforted her and brought them peace in the past 10 weeks. Annemarie said they can actually feel the prayers of concerned people. Praise God! His grace is freely flowing! Simply Amazing! In countless ways He communicates His love. Through His word and all of creation, He embraces us through the arms of Jesus, with His redeeming love.