St. John's Group Email FW: How to unfold a rosebud?

I found this piece of wisdom wonderful and a good lesson to learn!  One that I had never heard before.  Thank you Don!


GOD'S Rosebud

A new minister was walking with an older, more seasoned minister in the garden one day. 

Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older preacher for some advice.

The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.

The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry.

But because of his great respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. 

It wasn't long before he realized how impossible this was to do. 

Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older preacher began to recite the following poem...

"It is only a tiny rosebud, 
A flower of God's design; 
But I cannot unfold the petals 
With these clumsy hands of mine." 

"The secret of unfolding flowers 
Is not known to such as I. 
GOD opens this flower so easily, 
But in my hands they die." 

  "If I cannot unfold a rosebud, 
This flower of God's design, 
Then how can I have the wisdom 
To unfold this life of mine?" 

  "So I'll trust in God for leading 
Each moment of my day. 
I will look to God for guidance 
In each step of the way."

"The path that lies before me, 
Only my Lord knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments, 
Just as He unfolds the rose." 

  Please share this poem with a friend if you enjoyed being reminded to let go and let God unfold your life. 





St. John's Group Email Immanuel, Joplin website

If you would like to be updated about relief efforts specifically in and with Immanuel Lutheran Church in Jopli go to this website
As soon as they call for volunteers I will be working on getting a group together maybe as soon as next Thursday and Friday.  Right now they are really quite full both of volunteers and of donations.  Monetary donations are still very good to do. 
Pastor and Mrs. Schamber (Naomi Johnson's mom and dad) came and took all of the stuff that was donated this week.  We will continue to collect for next Friday as well. 
Peace be with you all on your blessed Memorial Day weekend!!

St. John's Group Email Catholic Gasoline

Your Friday funny!



Sister Mary Ann, who worked for a home health agency, was out making her rounds visiting homebound patients when she ran out of gas. As luck would have it, a Texaco Gasoline station was just a block away.

She walked to the station to borrow a gas can and buy some gas. The attendant told her that the only gas can he owned had been loaned out, but she could wait until it was returned. Since Sister Mary Ann was on the way to see a patient, she decided not to wait and walked back to her car.
She looked for something in her car that she could fill with gas and spotted the bedpan she was taking to the patient. Always resourceful, Sister Mary Ann carried the bedpan to the station,
filled it with gasoline, and carried the full bedpan back to her car.

As she was pouring the gas into her tank, two Baptists watched from across the street.. One of them turned to the other and said,

'If it starts, I'm turning Catholic.'!!

In God we trust!



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