This photograph of an agapanthus was taken in my parents’ garden earlier this year. Both Mum and Dad are in their mid to late 80’s and struggle with health issues.

The photograph expresses the exhuberance of the creation and reminded me of some words in Isaiah 40; ‘The grass withers and the flower fades, but the word of the Lord endures for ever’. The juxtaposition of the inevitability of decline within nature, includng us, and the hope of something more. The eternal struggle of Hope and Faith, in the midst of weakness.

But here is the Agapanthus in all its glory. Offering hope and possibility in the middle of constant change. The vibrant colour enticing pollinators and offering hope beyond the brief moment of glory and life. Fragility and weakness; the fabric of life, but with the promise of purpose and meaning.

Your faith, my faith, a sign of the moment and a connection to the past and the future. A good friend of our died recently, and I am taking her funeral tomorrow. Her uniqueness, we carry into our futures; all she was, and is and will be. She dealt with frailty and decline with tenaciousness and inner strength. Frustration was never far away, but she had a zest for life.

I have some words buzzing aroung my head from the Apostle Paul. He was stuggling with weakness of some kind, mental, physical, emotional,,,and came to this conclusion..‘Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me. ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’

Whatever is the weakness in your life today; let these words resound like a fanfare. You are not alone in your weakness, and God understands your cry.

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