Hope from Jericho

A few years ago my friend Soraya sent me a Rose of Jericho plant. Normally it looks like a tiny grey tumbleweed, but with a little water it springs back to life in an hour and becomes a green fern. It’s a super survivor.

There are many legends about this plant. It’s associated with the 40 day fast of Jesus, the nativity and his resurrection. It’s often called the Resurrection plant.

Some people use the water to bless their thresholds to guide the blessings in. To everyone, it’s a reminder of hope. No matter how bad things look, they can turn around fast.

Today, I brought my little plant survivor out and watered it back to life. It will remain on our kitchen table for the time being as a reminder of our own resilience. I videoed the opening to share as proof that miracles still happen, and the best miracles happen when things look at their worst.

Stay safe, stay strong, stay kind!


About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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