Between four years of seminary, many years of Sunday school, and preaching the gospel for two years, I have seen my fair share of church videos. There is one particular video called The Last Leaf. It is a story about a girl that is sick and about to die. She finds motivation to keep fighting as she looks out her window and sees a dying vine. She decides that she can make it as long as it still has leaves.
When I visited my family for Christmas, my dad told me of something that reminded me of this video. He told me that in our garden there was one rose that had survived the recent wind storms, and cold winter weather. When everything logical says it should have been long gone, it wasn't.
In many ways this flower is like my mom. When the winter winds, and the cold times have come, she keeps hanging on. Like this flower, she is a symbol of a great life, and one that continues to bless all those that see her. It's been a rough year, but one that I am very glad we have had. I look forward to many many more!