A Special Wish for All of You Jul 16, 2014

from Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr,, President & CEO EP

In this story and poem you can replace "God" with Allah or Buddha or the Great Spirit or whatever Supreme Being you believe in. The message is intended to provide a gentle reminder that sometimes in life we just have to trust in a higher power. This story has been with me in my wallet for over forty five years. It has been a source of inspiration and sanity in a sometimes tumultuous world. I read it often and rely on it more and more every passing day. I hope and pray that it will hold meaning for you as well

Subject: God's Rosebud!

A new minister was walking with an older, more seasoned minister in the garden one day.
Feeling a bit insecure about what God had for him to do, he was asking the older preacher for some advice. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals.

The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud could possibly have to do with his wanting to know the will of God for his life and ministry. But because of his great respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to try to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact.

It wasn't long before he realized how impossible this was to do.

Noticing the younger preacher's inability to unfold the rosebud without tearing it, the older preacher began to recite the following poem...

"It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine."

"The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they seem to die."

"If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?"

"So I'll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step along the way."

"The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord and Savior knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose."
               Author unknown

Please share this story and poem with a friend or loved one if you enjoyed being reminded
to let go.... and let God unfold your life.

Treasure each day. There is little we can do about yesterday; it is history. Tomorrow is the future and remains an unknown. Today is a gift, that is why it is called the present.

God bless

Joseph M. Valenzano, Jr.
President CEO & Publisher
Exceptional Parent

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