As purposeful as weeping is to the one grieving the loss of a loved one, so needful are the thorns on the rose blooming in the garden.
Introspection for the sufferer, protection for the flower.
“It takes all sorts of weathers to make a year, and all tend to the same issue, of ripened harvests and full barns,” wrote Scottish Baptist minister Alexander MacLaren (1826-1910) famous for both pulpit and pen.
Which is more important; what matters most; why must both sorrow and sadness, love and gladness be guests in our home?
The answer is yes.