Hey, y'all! With it being Good Friday, the day we choose to remember Christ's ultimate sacrifice for our sins (Isaiah 53:5), I thought it fitting to share one of our favorite Easter books for this month's For the Love of Books pick. Written for children ages four and up, it teaches a valuable lesson of love and self-sacrifice and reminds the reader that true beauty comes from within.
Little Rose of Sharon, written by Nan Gurley and illustrated by Tim Jonke, tells the story of a little rose who grew taller and more beautiful with each passing day. She hoped the Creator would be pleased with her beautiful petals and "felt her heart would burst with joy... [when] He bent down and breathed her sweet smell." Then, one night, a storm threatened to take that beauty away. The little rose "held on to her petals with all her strength" and made it through only to discover a dove's egg had not been so lucky. It had fallen from its nest during the storm. "All day the doves searched for the tiny egg, but they never saw it in the grass beneath the rose." The rose knew the baby dove inside would die if the egg was not kept warm. So, carefully, she dropped each one of her beautiful petals to provide a cozy blanket to protect the egg against the chilly night. The next morning, she excitedly awoke to the sweet, chirping sounds of the new baby dove; but when the rose saw the Creator walking on the hillside, she hung her head in shame. "When the Creator stood before her, He gently reached out and touched her stem. 'You have given all you had to save the life of the baby dove,'" He said. "'Because of the love you have shown for the baby dove, I will call My Son the Rose of Sharon, for He too will give everything He has and show the world My love.'"
Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful weekend and a blessed Easter! Hugs!