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Come and See

Sunday was Earth Day. Not just “Earth Day” Sunday. It was actually Earth Day, April 22nd. Here in Arkansas it was a gorgeous, wild spring day – crystal blue skies with fluffy white clouds sailing by, and I do mean sailing. There was a real kite-flying wind coming out of the south-west and sunshine that simply wouldn’t quit.

Some dear friends of ours from the Fayetteville International Folk Dance Society, came out after church to plant a few fruit trees “in honor” of my husband, Joe, as a kind of living, growing “get-well” wish following his recent accident. It was a beautiful day, and a beautiful gesture of friendship.

We prayed over those little trees, asking for protection and blessing and a “fruitful” future (literally), entrusting the future to that which is greater than ourselves. I was profoundly touched by that simple act. We are of different faiths and know the Other by different names, and yet it is an easy congress between us. I think we all recognize a similar yearning in each other, the hope for wholeness and the quiet mind. I feel deeply blessed to have found friends like this.

I introduced the congregation to a marvelous new song in worship Sunday morning, and they picked up right away. It’s catchy, both the lyrics and the tune – it played in my head all day and far into the night! What a miracle gift, indeed.

“Come and see what God has done, the earth is alive thanks to the sun.
Every plant that grows, every river that flows, what a miracle gift of creation.”

Come and See, by Hans Peterson, (c) 2007 Dakota Road Music

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I’ve been on this mystery jag lately, devouring novels by Ellis Peters as fast as I can check them out of the library. The hero of the series I’m currently reading is a Benedictine sleuth named Brother Cadfael. They’re murder mysteries, but Peters’ descriptions of monastic life and the men who chose to be part of such a fellowship have been fascinating to me. I’m especially intrigued by “the rule” – a practical guide to living out vows of stability, conversion, and obedience. Really? In 2st century America, I’m not sure we even understand what those words are supposed to mean, much less set them up as the measure of a Christian life. And yet, I can’t shake the notion that the only way to have a Christian life is to live the Christian life – study, fellowship, prayer, and the breaking of  bread.

The Fellowship of the Cross, Acts 2:40-47

Preached at Mt. Comfort Presbyterian Church on 15 April 2012.
(The file is a Windows Media Audio file – if you have problems,
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