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A Blue Rose


Greetings in the precious name of Jesus,

What a wonderful and glorious day it is for us to come together to praise and worship Our Heavenly Father & Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

I would also ask that you pray for this ministry, that Our Lord will use it to encourage folks, help the lost to find Jesus as their personal Saviour, and to be a blessing to the child of God. Thank you for those prayers. My, Oh My, What a beautiful day it is outside to be serving Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus…

Lord I pray this morning for those listening to this message. I know there are some blue roses out there who may need some encouragements and lifting up in love and kindness shown to them this day and I ask that you will touch them and let all of us see that there are times we just need to share a little love and attention with others. Thank you Lord for answered prayer. Amen.

I would like to share this portion of scripture with you all today and use it for our text so put on your thinking caps and allow this message to reach out and touch your hearts.

(1 John 2:6 KJV)
(6) He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

(Ephesians 5:1-2 KJV)
(1) Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; (2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Well Glory!

This morning I would like to express by example an action of these scripture verses thru this beautiful and heart touching story.
This is such a delightful story that I just had to share it with you all...
A Blue Rose

Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy, so I offered to go to the store for her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went.

I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for the checkout counter, only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who appeared to be about sixteen-years-old. I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there. This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice, "Mommy, I'm over here."

It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged and also startled as he turned and saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by. His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said, "Hey Buddy, what's your name?"

"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mommy," he responded proudly.

"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Steve."

"Steve, like Stevarino?" he asked. "Yes," I answered. "How old are you Denny?"

"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle.

"You're fifteen-years-old Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by."

I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles and school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement, because he was the centre of someone's attention. He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.

Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son. She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him, much less talk to him.

I told her that it was my pleasure and then I said something I have no idea where it came from, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow, and pink roses in God's Garden; however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty and distinctiveness. You see, Denny is a Blue Rose and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart and touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.

She was silent for a second, then with tears in her eyes she asked, "Who are you?"

Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a dandelion, but I sure do love living in God's garden."

She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, "God bless you!" and then I had tears in my eyes.

May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE, whichever differences that person may have, don't turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or any other family member. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.

From an old dandelion! Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to the powers that be.

Now wasn’t that a beautiful story? Did this story bring a tear to your eye? Well, reading a story such as this seems to always bring a tear to my eyes. And I know that as children of God we have, sometimes I guess, God’s children have more of a tender heart maybe? I don’t know how to express it but these stories are so touching and there are so many today that are like this young boy in our story, Blue Roses.

Not just young folks, but older folks, folks in nursing homes, who need a little attention and little love shown to them. And not just those folks but a lot of people, a lot of people in between, married people who are caught up so much in their everyday work and their jobs, and trying to raise a family, that they sometimes feel left out and they are reaching out. And they just need someone to give them a few words of encouragement. Or a few words of love to just help them make it thru the day, to put a little smile on their face, perhaps simply telling them a little joke or something silly to brighten their day a little bit.

We all need something, and as God’s children we need to reach out more and think more on these things. And when we see someone who is hurting or has problems and things like this we need to reach out and offer our love and attention to them. Let them know that they aren’t alone in this world, hurting, and needing things and needing folks. But there’s so many and we’re their helping when we can. Sometimes there are some we just can’t help but most the time when people are hurting and just needing to feel that someone really cares; We need to let Jesus show in us and let them know that, as Christians, we truly do care. (smile) Well maybe we need to be kinda like that person who is turning the radio dial and trying to find that certain station; we need to be turning our Christian dial trying to keep an eye out for those who stand out to us and ask the Lord to show us and lead us to those people who come our way. And ask the Lord to send those who need for us to make an impact on their life. And that is what we need to do as Christians today/

Now when we think about it; isn’t that what Jesus did and told us to do? To reach out to others as He reached out to others. He wasn’t thinking about Himself but He was always thinking about others; how to touch them, how to heal them, how to be a friend to them. And that is what we need to be doing also. Reaching out to others as Jesus reached out to others. For as the Scriptures say:   

(Romans 15:5-7 KJV)
(5) Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
(6) That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(7) Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God

Folks, Are you looking for that beautiful Blue Rose. That Blue Rose is out there and you and I can find them if we but follow Christ in looking…
And remember this; "People will forget what you said, People will forget what you’ve done, but people will never forget how you made them feel"
Well Glory!

My goodness folks, The time just slips away so fast, doesn’t it? I do so Thank you for coming today And so; Until we meet again;
May the angels watch over you and may you bask in the love of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ…  

I’d like to sing you off the air now with a song which sorta goes along with today’s message. Where the Roses Never Fade…

Have a great week & May God Bless


                    Bro. Jim Keeling







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