The Smell of Lilacs

close photo of purple petaled flower during daytime

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My Mother died in May when I was very young. It was especially hard on my Father because he had three young children to raise. He was grieving but had to keep going, work and take care of us. At different times when he was especially sad, he would smell Lilacs. It was God’s way of telling my Father that He held him in the palm of his hand. Because of my Father’s experience, Lilacs have always held a special place in my heart. When I see them and smell them, I am reminded that God knows my heart, loves me and is there with me in any pain or sorrow I am experiencing.

For those who don’t have a living Mother today, who may have lost a loved one recently, know that God has you in the palm of his hand…that He cares for you and that He is with you. When you see and smell the Lilacs, look to Him and rest in His love for you.

Thinking of you with love today…Valerie.

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Psalm 34:18

43 thoughts on “The Smell of Lilacs

  1. I know lots of people caring for mothers right now who are infirm or in dementia. What a beautiful way to keep us mindful of the blessings of a mother in any way we can have her still on this earth. May perpetual light shine upon her Valerie. Happy Mother’s Day!

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  2. So moved by this, dear Valerie. The lilacs and rhododendrons were resplendent today as I enjoyed the serenity of Sunday. This is a lovely piece of writing for the end of the day. Warm hugs x

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  3. Such a loving post dear Valerie, albeit bittersweet! Those were certainly difficult years for your dad raising three young children. It’s truly sad that your mom passed away when you were still a child. May the lilacs in May always remind you of God’s love. ❤️

    Blessings and hugs!

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    • Thank you. Yes, he was a dear man and was a great father. We have a beautiful lilac tree in our backyard…a constant reminder. God is so good in spite of our difficulties and He brings us through them! Love you and hope you have a great weekend! ❤


      • Dear Val, it’s a time for lost remembered loved ones. It’s 10 years and 2 days for my beloved aunt and everything remains crystal clear. We were blessed indeed with our loved ones. I pray that we too will be remembered in the same spirit. Our hearts are big and filled with love. I send a big hug to you and my love always. Keep your smile and enjoy Sunday. 🤗🤗🤗

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