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Lilac Musing

June 2nd, 2018, Promulgated by Hopefull

ScreenShot443Years ago, the little country church, of which I was a member at the time, had no budget for flowers, or much else either. If Sunday Mass had flowers in the Sanctuary it was usually because members had cut some from their own backyards.  I rarely brought flowers because the deer always seemed to eat what was at its peak, and left debris not very attractive to offer to God. Then, the thought occurred that perhaps I could at least cut some lilacs, which were still relatively intact. “Everybody has lilacs,” I thought, “so this won’t be very special.  But at least I can bring something.”

With that thought, and vase and clippers in hand, I went out on Friday afternoon to the white bush which is only about 5 feet from the corner of the house. After clipping a spray or two, I stepped behind the bush, into a clump of tall grass, clipped, and then a tiny brown mound caught my eye, about 4 inches from the tip of my shoe. Peering down, I was surprised to see a new-born fawn, asleep. Now it became clear what the mild grunting noise around midnight had been.



I tiptoed away, but must have awakened it, for a few minutes later it had raised its head, waiting for its mother. I called a knowledgeable friend: “Has this fawn been abandoned?” “No,” she assured me, “The mother leaves the fawn for the first day, but always comes back and will then take the fawn with her.” I was still worried, but decided the best thing I could do was leave the spot and the fawn alone, and hope for the best.

Then, about 24 hours later, I revisited the spot. The grass was still matted, but the fawn was gone. The mother indeed did come back. Just as Christ has left us in the world, for what may only be a day in the time of timelessness, He will indeed return to take us to Himself. What a beautiful gift from Him, to remind me again of His Faithfulness. What a beautiful gift to see the newborn fawn. What a beautiful gift to have the burden of concern for the fawn lifted from my heart. And I thought I was bringing HIM a gift of lilacs.


2 Responses to “Lilac Musing”

  1. christian says:

    Beautiful, Inspiring Recollection! Thanks for Sharing!

  2. Diane Harris says:

    Celebrating again. A deer was born in my backyard today. Just enthusiastically revisiting the Lilac Musing post here:

    While the fawn slept, the MAMA kept looking in my windows. She finally took a nap next to the deck, and in a few hours returned to her fawn. I saw them as they disappeared together into the woods.

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