A Song from the Seminary

We start most of our classes in Seminary with a centering exercise. One week we examined a song titled “Flowers are Red.” In the song, a young boy goes to school and paints a multicolored picture of flowers. His teacher rebukes him that his drawing is ridiculous because “flowers are red.” Throughout the verses the teacher and student debate. The student argues the value of “seeing all the colors” while the teacher insists, “There’s no need to see flowers any other way than the way they always have been seen.”

We talked about the theological implications of this song. Often, within churches, within families, even across society this debate occurs. Someone might see things differently and that creates fear. I believe that God—who values faith like a child—echoes the little boy’s prayer of “There are so many colors....and I see every one.”

There are so many things we can believe... there are so many ways we can worship... there are so many ways we can give thanks... there are so many ways we can pray... there are so many ways we can bless others... there are so many ways we could organize society... there are so many ways we can live life to the fullest...

And God sees every one!

Here’s a link to the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHm2KdTTKUw

May we be blessed by diversity and may the debate of our differences help us to grow!

Zach Herzog

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