We Don’t Need to Cry

As we walk alongSTEMROSE
Talking of our hurts and cares,
My mind looks back on the memories
Of the precious moments we have shared.
And I think of how He’s blessed me
With special and loving friends like you,
Who can touch the great joy
Within my heart and help it become
Fresh, alive, and new.

We don’t need to cry
At the moments we must part.
Your memory lingers on
And it can touch my heart.
Because we love Jesus
And praise His name on high,
Our friendship lasts forever
And we don’t need to cry

Seasons will arrive
When we’ll be separated.
At the times when we could use them,
We won’t be near to share our hugs
But we have memories to embrace
To fill the dreary and lonely moments.
Because of those memories,
We can have roses in December
That are beautiful

We don’t need to cry
At the moments we must part.
Your memory lingers on
And it can touch my heart.
Because we love Jesus
And praise His name on high,
Our friendship lasts forever
And we don’t need to cry

©1984 Kat Kreations/Kathi Isbell

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The Nature of Aluminum Dandelions

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Within the name “Aluminum Dandelions” exist two distinct elements, which combine to form this unique breed of flowers, that grows in the King’s garden.

Aluminum is a well-known metal with high reflectivity and good electrical and thermal conducting abilities.  This metal resists rusting, is our most abundant metal, always occurs in combination, and can be recycled.

The name “dandelion” comes from a word meaning “lion’s tooth.”  “Lion” could be descriptive of a courageous or ferocious being or of a person of outstanding interest or importance.  The dandelion is a hardy, yellow-flowered composite plant.  Composite means that it is made up of distinct parts.  These plants are found in very many grassy areas.

Drawing from the properties of these two elements the King has fashioned and nurtured His Aluminum Dandelions.  These flowers reflect the warmth of His light to the world around them.  They are made of distinct parts, gently designed by the King’s hands into beings of outstanding importance in His garden.  Their roots grow deeply into the King’s soil to drink the nectar of His Word.  This nectar makes them hardy and able to resist decay, so that they may grow and produce fruit.

Again and again the Aluminum Dandelions serve as the King’s conductors.  As He transforms their yellow flowers into white, feather-light parachutes, He carefully blows them from one part of the garden to another.  Each of these chutes from each of the flowers carries a single seed.  This is the King’s way of creating more of His special Aluminum Dandelions, and thereby causing His garden to become increasingly more beautiful as the seasons pass.

[During the time when I was living on campus while taking some graduate courses, a few of us in the dorm started hanging out.  Many times we’d watch “Steel Magnolias.”  We called ourselves the Aluminum Dandelions.  Later, when I created a greeting card design with dandelions on the front, the description above is from that piece.]

Dedicated to Truvy (Kelli), Annelle (Becky), Clarie (Holly), Malynn (Brenda), Shelby (Chris) … from Weeza

 

The Oasis of Friendship

A friend is a God-designed oasis
that appears when He chooses
to minister to us in person.bench by water

Each of us has a life to live out for Him,
serving others through our gifts
in the opportunities He brings our way.

Sometimes our ministries coincide
with those of our friends
and we work side by side.

At other times we are called to minister
away from the sight of the oasis.

In those seasons, we remain connected
to our friends through prayer,
supporting each other from a distance,
until times of refreshing,
— visit, a phone call, a prayer time together–
bring the renewal of the oasis.

What sweet fellowship is shared
by hearts which have found the joy
of walking daily with the Lord!

What a blessing from above when our lives
allow us to enjoy moments near
the oasis of friendship!

(c)Kat Kreations/Kathi Isbell