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Mother’s Day Corsages

I was reminded recently of the little red corsages my mother used to buy for me and my sisters to wear to church every Mother's Day. Mama always wore a corsage too; as a matter of fact, ours usually matched hers. I remember the first time she wore a white corsage instead of a red one – it was her first Mother's Day without her mom. It's funny how things like that make an impact on you. I can even remember thinking, "Will I ever have to wear a white corsage?”
For some reason, as my sisters and I grew up, married, and started having children of our own, we did away with that tradition. But I’m happy to know that if I decided to wear one this year, it would still be red!
As I started thinking about these corsages, I began wondering why they are usually red or white. So I decided to do a little research about the meaning of colors. Color does, after all, influence our emotions and responses.
Red is symbolic of life and vitality. It brings focus to the essence of life and living, with an emphasis on survival. That would definitely be an appropriate color for one whose mother is still alive. White is actually not a color, but a manifestation of the presence of all color - the complete energy of life. It stands for wholeness and completion. When we wear the white corsage, we are remembering a life that has been completed here on this earth.
How appropriate when we also think about our lives in Christ! As earthly Christians, we are to uphold the value and importance of life. In a world where "survival" is critical for so many in less than perfect living situations, we as Christians also realize that true living is only found in Christ. Only through the shedding of the blood of Jesus are we redeemed and given the opportunity to experience freedom. That precious blood gives us life everlasting.
When our time on this earth is completed, we will have come full circle and have the opportunity to stand before our Creator. In His presence we will know if our lives reflected His Light. Just as the color, white is the manifestation of the presence of all color, Christ is the Manifestation of all life and He is the Light of this World!
As a mother, I know the joy of having life growing inside of me - to be given this blessing from God. As a daughter, I know the joy of motherly love - unconditional love like that of my Heavenly Father.
If your mother is alive this Mother’s Day, be sure to tell her how much you love her and appreciate her. If you no longer have your mother, be sure to thank God for the life that she gave you and thank Him for the unconditional love He continues to give you.
Life is truly a gift - let's live it with vitality and appreciate the opportunities to grow and come full circle.

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