Just before Christmas, Megan came into my office with a cheerful glow on her face and a red and white striped miniature rose in her hand. Megan said, "Merry Christmas!" as she offered me this rose she had picked up at the store knowing that I loved roses. It was such a sweet gesture from the housekeeper of the church to me as the pastor. I put it in the widow of my office and enjoyed every bloom it gave, but by the end of January it had stopped blooming so I brought it home to get it ready for its next phase of life.