- The Rose of Skagen - Part 2 -
A bush with prickly leaves was curious. "Whatís the matter?" And the suffering plant told everything - the awful sting, the pain, and the shrivelled leaves and then said, "Whatís your name?"
"My name is Holly,"* the bush answered. "How did you get that name?"
"I got my name because my small berries reminds us of the blood of the Saviour and my prickly leaves of his crown of thorns. Everything is created for him and by him. It means that we too in some way have to carry his suffering. But you must know that itís only for a higher purpose."
"But what is the purpose of my suffering? I can hardly take it anymore. How long will I suffer?"
"The pain will last all summer, but when summer is over, your leaves will shrivel because of the pain and turn into a beautiful rose. The smallest and loveliest rose in the world. I also knew about suffering but I see a deeper purpose for it. In the wintertime many of my leaves are cut off. They are used to decorate a room or a tombstone. Some of my branches have even been used to decorate a church. If my branches were never cut, my leaves would not have that particular shape with sharp needles because nature gave me round leaves. So donít lose courage, Rose of Skagen."
"Rose of Skagen?" the small plant said. "Is that my name?"
"Yes, thatís your name," said the holly, "just wait and see. Something will become of you in due time."
* In Danish holly is called Christ thorn
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