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“So now faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13

During these pandemic days, I have been trying to spend some intentional time each week cleaning out closets, drawers, or storage bins that I have moved with me over the years.  I have decluttered a lot of ‘stuff’ and also found some treasures that have provided moments of wonderful remembering.

In one bin of memorabilia from my competitive running days, I found my old maize and green-colored Nike Waffle racing shoes.  Under the tongue of the left shoe was still one of the four-leaf clovers that the grandmother of my college roommate and teammate gave to each of the members of our cross country team before a championship race.  The clover was nearly disintegrated after 40 years, but still prompted wonderful memories.

Grandma Z had an amazing ability to find four-leaf clovers, which are quite rare.  Statistic says that only one in every 10,000 clovers is a four-leaf clover.  Being that rare, legend says that four-leaf clovers are lucky.  From a spiritual perspective, the three cloves of a typical three-leaf clover are said to represent hope, faith and love.  And if there is a fourth clover, it is considered luck.  

When Grandma Z would give away her four-leaf clovers, she would always offer some type of blessing, whether it was to her family or friends, or friends of family.  I received several four-leaf clovers from grandma Z over the years.  Once, she told me that the four cloves could represent God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and You…Then she said, “Lucky you!” 

Whether it is hope, faith, love; or the three persons of the Trinity, we are always in the midst of that circle…we are always one of the four cloves!  May we ponder just how blessed and ‘lucky’ we are to be held in God’s unconditional presence, where there is fullness of joy.