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My favorite hideaway when I need some extra quiet and prayer is a “Secret Garden.” A small oasis located in the Missouri Botanical Garden, it’s surrounded by a hedge that provides just enough solitude and silence. It never fails to calm my spirit.

So it was that a week ago I made my way there. The sun was bright and the air crisp. Breathing deeply as I entered the garden, I was astonished to see iris blooming. In November? Feeling like Moses with the burning bush, I felt I had to get closer to this unusual sight. Sure enough, dazzling iris were blooming and beautiful. And as the accompanying sign declared, these were reblooming iris. They bloom in the spring, but also have the ability to flower again in summer and fall. It all depends on their having the right nourishment, water and climate.

After a tumultuous week in our country, I wonder what might need to rebloom in us. Would a climate of gratitude and appreciation for what we so often take for granted make us more open? Could nourishing words of affirmation for one another release new beauty in us as a people? Might a resolve to more frequently contemplate the Source of Life within us all bring forth fresh energy and possibility? Thanksgiving is only 10 days away. It’s time to prepare our hearts and not just the menu!


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Reprinted with permission

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