Advent Day Eighteen Devotion - "Assurance" by Alice Adams

At present we see only puzzling reflections in a mirror, but one day we shall see clearly, like face to face. My knowledge now is partial; but it will be whole, like God’s knowledge of me. There are three things that last forever: faith, hope, and love; and the greatest of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13: 11-13

It’s November –

                LONG after blooms, colors, new life have faded…

                Just as my Spirit, my laughter had faded.

 It’s Soon to be Thanksgiving.

                But how can I feel thankful - Be thankful

                For the emptiness of two lives gone – Gone TOO soon.

I cry for hope, for assurance.

It’s afternoon.

                Exhausted, I drag home from school –

                My eyes cast downward.

                Somehow – But for a split second, I gaze upward –

                Maybe just to steady my step…

But there – Waving at me from old, tired hydrangeas –

I SEE- Two, new, vibrant blue hydrangeas – Side by side.

 But – IT’S  NOVEMBER ! !

                Blooms aren’t supposed to BE in November! ?

So – like Thomas – I touch.

Yes – they ARE real - Alive.  Truly present.

Such a Grace   - That I actually noticed –

                With my eyes, AND with my heart.

For me, a gift, an assurance – A miracle.

Life, as my soul was Crying, Dying.

Two blue hydrangeas –

                Blue, the color of heaven.

Two young, blue hydrangeas   Side by side

                                Smiling, Waving at Me  – In November.

Assurance! Assurance of Faith, Hope, Love.  Most of all, Love. Love that never dies.

Heavenly God. We do wait expectantly for many things. Some big, some small; some inconsequential, some life-changing. Sometimes the wait is short, sometimes it seems interminable. We are grateful that you understand about waiting and that you wait side by side with us. Often we are puzzled. We do not see clearly or understand and lose faith, lose hope. We are grateful that you are patient with our impatience; that you send assurance. Assurance that helps us have faith and to have hope. Assurance of love so great that you sent your own son. Assurance that love IS the greatest of all and that it endures. Amen.