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  • Writer's picturePenelope Hurley

Flowers of Compassion

Updated: Nov 11, 2023



Scripture: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5: 22-23



Music: "Kindness" Chris Tomlin


Message: Flowers of Compassion

Starting to see a few of my irises bloom, while other newer plants gifted by kind friends, require my patience for perhaps another year or two. I enjoy only the beautiful greenery while they summon the energy from nature to bloom. No matter how magnificent the bloom, their beauty is a reminder to savor the day.

I discovered irises, along with peonies and a few other flowers, are said to symbolize compassion. Their name is derived from the Greek goddess Iris. They imply a message and a promise of hope. Irises also symbolize wisdom, trust, and valor. How interesting that the Greek goddess Iris acted as a messenger between gods and humans.


"For the coastal-dwelling Greeks, the rainbow's arc was most often seen spanning the distance between cloud and sea, and so the goddess was believed to replenish the rain-clouds with water from the sea. Iris had no distinctive mythology of her own. In myth she appears only as an errand-running messenger and was usually described as a virgin goddess. Her name contains a double meaning, being connected with both the Greek word iris "the rainbow" and eiris "messenger."

- Theoi.com


Compassion requires action, as we can be messengers between our worlds and faith - and those in need. Irises can be our inspiration as we share our message and a promise of hope. And look toward the rainbow. How beautiful to think of this vision of light refraction and reflection as being replenished with water from the sea.


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“God is in all creatures, even in the smallest flowers.”

Martin Luther






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