you ever grown gladiolas?
And watched as the tall
stalks quickly grew
And put on their
let them wither and die, only to
Sprout up next year and again reach for
have you watched what happens the next
number of small shoots spring up
alongside, but put on
Few flowers… and the parent
bulb is spindly…
parent, when fully grown and flowered,
Gives birth to the new crop
unless the children are carefully dug
Their roots carefully pulled
apart from the parent, and
their own ground, with
Sufficient space and light and water and
The children, like the
parent, become weak and spindly.
Master Gardner has so designed the
gladiola, and us.
parents slowly, carefully, tenderly,
Physical and emotional
tentacles that are tightly wrapped
By our children,
preparing them to be
Transplanted into their own space, in
the proper time,
So they may flourish on
their own, to grow to their
in Christ Jesus.
Parents dare not hold on too tightly,
Both we and our children
become weak and spindly,
Unable to reach
our full potential.
there will be disease, insects, winds,
And other people that may
damage our precious offspring
they may still crave nourishment… and
Tender care by wise parents
will result in knowing when to
Withhold the water, that the child’s
roots may reach down
To the alternative source,
the Living Water underneath,
form strong roots and reaches the
can withstand their own storm winds and
To become strong enough
support their own flowers and bulbs.
kind word. A tender hug. An open
door. The freedom
To choose, to seek, to grow,
to risk and suffer.
parents prepare their children, giving
More freedom as they
undertake more responsibility,
more space and
nourishment and light
To be all that the Creator
has designed them to be.