A water lily is born in the darkness beneath the water, and grows upward, reaching towards the light. When it arrives at the surface, it is there that it blossoms . . . in the sunlight.

Similarly, our grief is born in the darkness of loss, where we struggle in our hopelessness to find the light again.

When we reach the surface, that place of bitter/sweet sad acceptance, it is there that we begin to grow.

The sun may not feel as bright, but it is still warm.

And although we are not the same as we once were . . .


. . . we can still blossom again.

In our grief we may be overcome by the emptiness and pain of our loss, and isolate. We want to seclude ourselves from what we need the most; the care and comfort from those we love.

It is good to say the words . . .


“I am not alone”.


Categories: Grief/Healing, Nature | Tags: , , , , , , | 36 Comments

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36 thoughts on “PRECIOUS WATER LILY

  1. Le Clown


  2. Beautiful, Julia…
    I thank God, we are not alone

  3. I agree, beautiful! Thank you for writing and sharing this post 🙂 Love the relation to nature.

  4. No, we are never alone. And I am so thankful for our Savior, and Comforter, and the love of those He has put in my life. Thanks for sharing about the water lily. We keep reaching for the light. 🙂

  5. So beautiful, Julia:)

  6. I’m in love with this one, Julia – so eloquent. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Brilliant!

  8. Lovely post, Julia. And a great reminder.

  9. You have such a way with words! Thank you again for another touching piece.

  10. How lovely, my dear! It is so good not to be alone, isn’t it? Sorry to be so behind on my blog reading! Hope you’ll forgive me, my friend!

    • Nothing to forgive, dear Kathryn! I’ve fallen behind on my reading as well. I hope that you and Sara are happy and healthy. Best wishes to you both! xoJulia

  11. Lovely metaphor. I will remember this and try to be like a water lily……….

  12. Such beautiful words.
    Thank you,

  13. This is a wonderful post, Julia. Thank you, thank you.

  14. Words to heal by, Julia. Thank you for the two-fold lesson. We so need these words of encouragement.
    Blessings ~ Maxi

  15. Forgive me if you are over 200 followers, I nomiated you for the Liebster award… but you have to have less then 200 followers… but you can check out the details to accept on my blog 🙂

  16. How beautiful, and straight to my heart. I feel like a water lily who has almost reached the surface, and I am ready to blossom. Thank you for those healing words.

  17. Gina

    Beautiful, Julia.

  18. I can see why you brought L to tears. This is a beautiful piece of writing. Thank you.

    • Thank you so much, Heather. Your words hold extra warmth and special-ness because they come from you. I so admire your talent and your tenderness with others. You are a unique and wonderful gift to all of us! xoJulia

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