In which works = daisies – and today’s are green and white

by Craig on June 28, 2011

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He was framed. He was doing miracles, and preaching, and people were becoming believers through him. Success often breeds enemies armed with lies.

They claimed that he was speaking blasphemies against God, and the Temple, and Moses, whose name was often as violently protected as some “protect” the name Mohamed today.

Specifically, there was this lie – mingled with truth, the worst kind of lie – that Jesus would destroy the Temple (false) and that he would make changes in the customs that Moses had handed down (true).

He was given a chance to state his case…
in a trial like Our Lord’s…
where the verdict preceded the proceedings.

So Steven preaches one final sermon. He recaps the history of Israel starting with the one to whom God re-revealed himself after the earth had gone so long without a certain and true knowledge of him.

He began with Abraham,
and worked his way up to Moses…
and green daisies.

If you are new to this study of daisies, in order for any of this to make sense – you have to read this first. Once you read it, Moses and daisies will make all the sense in the world.

Moses was educated (in) all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in his words and deeds. (Acts 7:22)

The green daisies: earthly accomplishments, achievements, successes, and triumphs.

Earthly success is a green daisy, and like all green daisies, I’m learning, either leans toward the black or the white.

A green daisy that leans toward the black might be treating success and achievement like idols, and bowing down to them instead of remaining humble in worship before God.

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And Steven mentions this not so green-ish, green daisy…

So they made a calf in those days, offered sacrifice to the idol, and reveled in the works of their hands. (Acts 7:41)

Choosing an outfit for work is a green daisy.
Eating breakfast is a green Daisy.

Choosing to dress for work like Lady Gaga – that might be trending a little black.
Praying over breakfast, giving thanks before eating, that would trend to white.

Such is the spectrum of the green daisy.

And now a white daisy…

A woman with two names…
one Aramaic – Dorcas…
the other Greek – Tabitha.

Both mean “gazelle”.

Chrysostom, around 200ish, saw something in her name:

…the name she bore matched her character; she was as active and wakeful as a gazelle…full of good works, first, and then of this good work, charity, in particular.

Tabitha was a giver – and not just a person who dabbled in philanthropy. But apparently someone who lived the law of love – and out of that life of white daisies flowed a particular kind of love – charity. It’s not called a daisy by name so I’ll call it…

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a white tulip.

She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. (Acts 9:36)

And what do I get from this daisy study?

Green daisies would make a fine bouquet for today, so long as they tend toward the white-ish green – and are sprinkled heavily with white daisies – and maybe a white tulip or two.

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A. June 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

As a child, tulips were my favorite flower. So nice to see they have such a special place in the bouquet! So now other flowers are being added….I can’t wait to see what is next!

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Craig June 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Tulips are pretty – although wasn’t that a tulip in “the little shop of horrors”? makes me second guess my choice. And I’ve already added one flower – the red rose of grace – and there were some daffodils in there somewhere too – God bless you A.

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Dawn June 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Dear Craig,

I am a bit late getting over to the daisies. It’s complicated, but your post made me want to do a study on Dorcas/Tabitha. I am so far from being a white tulip. It doesn’t come natural to me. I know, you’re saying “Really?”, ha! I like to find white tulips and be around them. I learn so much. Do you remember the tv series The Waltons? I always thought that Olivia (the mother) was what you are calling a white tulip. When I was trying to decide things as a young person I would think to myself, “What would Olivia do?” much like people ask What would Jesus do today. I smiled when A. said tulips were her favorite flower as a child. She has a tulip heart.

Getting ready for Walk with Him Wednesday (and the dentist in the morning),
Good-night and may God bless you whether you sleep or not,
Dawn

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Craig June 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Not much on Dorcas/Tabitha – just this I think – and the fact that she was brought back to life, seemingly more for the people she helped, then for herself. So her impact must’ve been pretty big. And funny! WWOD? funny! Hope the dentist was kind – and God bless you Dawn.

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Debbie June 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

I like the idea of a bouquet of whitish green daises,with white tulips too. I would love to be like that . . .maybe He will get me there yet! :)
God bless you and thank you for giving so much of yourself to God and us in these posts.

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Craig June 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

and I’ll take a bouquet of white-ish green, white, a few yellow, and some purple daisies – with some daffodils and white tulips – and of course – the red rose of grace. I guess we build our bouquet every day. Thank YOU Debbie – and as always – God bless you.

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thefisherlady June 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

a white tulip…

She was completely occupied with good deeds and almsgiving. (Acts 9:36)
lovely Craig… I will smile each time I see a white tulip now!
And if I ever see a field full of them I will smile even bigger as I am mindful of God’s faithful servants throughout the years that bend graciously with the winds of God’s Spirit…

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Craig June 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

I heart that! That she was “completely occupied with white daisies” and white tulips – kind of white daisies – except without the actual “Daisy” title. Whenever I see a daisy now – I smile. Funny, I never smiled when I saw the word “works”. Thank you Susan, and God bless.

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