Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


Lesson From a Lone Lilac Tree

posted by Cheryl Petersen

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I found this lilac tree out in the middle of a pasture, with no other lilac around. It is stunningly beautiful and majestic, reminding me of we read in 21st Century Science and Health, “Would life without friends be empty? Then the time will come when you will feel alone, without sympathy, but this vacuum is filled with divine Love. When this time comes, even if you cling to a sense of personal joys, spiritual Love will force you to accept what best promotes your spiritual growth. Friends will betray and enemies will slander, until the lesson is learned, and you are exalted; for “man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.”[1]


[1] Quote attributed to John Flavel, (1627–1691) English Presbyterian.



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