Irises: A Seekers Guide to Heaven

The iris’s mythology dates back to Ancient Greece, when the goddess Iris, who personified the rainbow (the Greek word for iris), acted as the link between heaven and earth. It’s said that purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the goddess Iris to guide them in their journey to heaven…The iris’s three upright petals are said to symbolize faith, valor and wisdom.

Irises, 1889, Vincent van Gogh, 28 x 36.625 inches, oil on canvas. Image Source

It is beautiful to notice how many new beginnings we have built into our lives. Each day has a new dawn–Each week a first day–and every month turns the page in our calendars to a fresh start. Clear the stage – reset- begin again…

And then there are those things in each life that offer us second chances…

For me,  it is the end of a school year and the advancement in grade. I will always be faithfully committed to the timing of the completion of a class. Like the phases of the moon we progress from on group to another…a chance to start fresh with new faces and a time to decide what to cast-away as “outdated”. Each of us finds their own unique rhythm to the year.

And so it is in our journey towards God…

We pause each week to confess our sins and give thanks for our blessings; to replenish our soul with spiritual food and to reset our focus. And as we gather, each week, with fellow travelers we feel forgiven, enlightened and inspired.


Jesus declared: ‘I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’ ~ John 3:3


Dear Lord,

We praise your holy name and we thank thee for the wisdom of your ways. Thank you for the rain and for the beautiful Irises that are now blooming in my neighbors yard. In Christ Alone we pray and hope. Amen

Happy Sunday!

May God’s peace be with you.

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