What is love?
The answer to this would vary depending on who you asked, when you asked and sometimes, where you asked it.
The teenager boyfriend/girlfriend pair will give you a different answer to the elderly couple. As will the mother who has just given birth. Ask church goers on a Sunday and once again the chances are the answers will differ.
God works in absolutes and not in half measures; there is only one definition of love. The rose is love as much as it was created by love because God is love and everything He created is an outward expression of His Love. When we define love for ourselves; it comes down to the realization that, if God is love, and we are made in His image, then we are love and the only way that we can express this is complete surrender to love. The ‘death to self’.
As gardeners we are confronted daily with examples of God’s Love. Gardening with God becomes gardening with and for God and the rose becomes a reflection of Him.
What is service? Service is our rose – it is a reflection of our loving relationship with God. Service is love as much as it was created out of love and by love. Service is our complete surrender to love, His Love!