Here is a pic of a rose that I received from my friend W. Diane Van Zwol - as a gift with a blessing.
Today I say a special thanks for all roses that are given out as gifts and as tokens of love that make us feel happy and for the gift of friendship that it brings.
Lord God, I thank you for the beauty of roses, and for their varying colors and types that you have created. I also thank you for all the gardens and spaces that they grow in, and reflect your beauty and love. Thank you for the sweet fragrances of roses that are a blessing from you to us.
Do you like roses? I do. Although they are not my all time favorite flower, I think they are very beautiful. How about you?
And when you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the LORD, offer it of your own free will. (Leviticus 22:29)