I went with my husband to a routine medical appointment and instead of sitting in the waiting room the whole time I wondered around outside. I came across this lovely garden area and was immediately intrigued by the decorated wall.
I was curious and decided to take a closer look; and of course, take some photos to share with you. I think the display speaks for itself, so browse and enjoy.
Celebration of Life Mural
June 1995-June 1997
The mural was created to honor those surviving the disease of cancer.
The mural’s tiles are inscribed by cancer survivors and represent the continuous flow of life.
Why a butterfly on a thistle?
You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they?Matthew 7:16, New English Translation
thistle-the cancer survivor’s determined will to live
butterfly-transitions from difficult circumstances to a new life experience
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17, ESVThe Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
“Expect a miracle”
“Love isn’t Love until you give it away.”
The butterfly and thistle sculpture is made possible through the generosity of the “Just Say Ho” Clown Alley.
Photographed by Dr. Aletha at the Troy and Dollie Smith Cancer Center, Integris Baptist Medical Center , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
“God is Good.”
“We don’t choose how we die but we do choose how we live.”
exploring the HEART of health through art
I’m honored you joined me to celebrate these cancer survivors’ lives and thankful for their willingness to share their journey with us.
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Take time to enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to smile.
Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Butterflies are not only beautiful, but also have mystery, symbolism and meaning and are a metaphor representing spiritual rebirth, transformation, change, hope and life. The magnificent, yet short life of the butterfly closely mirrors the process of spiritual transformation and serves to remind us that life is short.Gardens with Wings
If you or someone you know is facing a cancer diagnosis, this book may help. Here is my review.
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