I love the scripture that encourages us to "mourn with those that mourn" and to "comfort those that stand in need of comfort" (Mosiah 18: 9). That happened today as people thought of others who are struggling with some problem or another. They composed tender messages of love to accompany the roses I delivered. It was gratifying to participate in these exchanges.
But there were also happy notes that went from friend to friend. "You're great", "Good luck tomorrow!", "To my best friend".
Is there a scripture that says "rejoice with those that rejoice"? I don't know. But there could be. It must please God to see his children serving each other in the happy times as well as the difficult.
One lady sent me across her street to a young woman about to be married. Her note said, "Thanks for letting me see your wedding dress today!" When I met the bride-to-be I could feel her happiness. I gave her the flower and card from her neighbor and explained how the rose game works. She said, "That is so cool! Wow, how neat!" She was so enthusiastic about it that I couldn't help but feel joyful. I kind of wanted to jump up and down with the fun of it.
It reminded me of the day, a long time ago, when I told my cousin Douglas that I was expecting my first child. He jumped out of his chair and shouted and danced around the room. Of course I was already thrilled about my pregnancy, but seeing his happiness about it made me even more happy!
I just love delivering all kinds of roses...the ones that mean "I'm sorry for your loss" and the ones that shout "hip hip hooray".
Update: One of my new friends found this verse for me in the New Testament: "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep" (Romans 12: 15). Perfect! Thanks Sonia!