August 3 - Thoughts from Rev. Katherine
Thoughts from Pastor Katherine
August 3, 2020
To call myself a gardener would be a stretch. For some of you, I know what I say today might make the gardener in you cringe. Last summer, at my old house, we had a proper vegetable garden bed but we only harvested a few peppers and green beans. This year, at our new house, we moved in too late to go as big as we had last year. So this year, I’ve got a couple of container plants. I have really been able to keep an eye on them since I haven’t gone to camp or traveled.
We find ourselves more than ever in a season of pruning. What I have learned about pruning is that is a constant chore. The tomato plants need not to have suckers and the basil plants need not to have flowers. It’s become my Saturday morning routine, to make a cup of coffee, grab my scissors, and head outside to prune. At the church, we find ourselves in the routine of pruning almost weekly as well. Pruning has always been a “go-to” sermon illustration, as the metaphor is all over the bible.
However, I think the difference now is that is it constant and perhaps, not by choice. This week I was scheduled to be at JYF camp, which is just one of the ways we’ve pruned back during the pandemic. But, what have I learned through all of this cutting back? The room for growth is unlike anything before. Last year, I never pruned my tomato plant, it grew as tall as me but not one tomato ever came off of it. This year, I spend my ritual cutting back and there’s too many baby tomatoes on it to count. I pray that you can see the room for growth unlike ever before. My hope is that we find ourselves ready and open to the newness of what’s ahead. May we find ourselves with the bountiful fruit to share.
Daily Lectionary Readings:
Monday, August 3, 2020: Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Genesis 31:22-42; Romans 1:8-15
OR Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29; Deuteronomy 8:1-10; Romans 1:8-15
Tuesday, August 4, 2020: Psalm 17:1-7, 15; Genesis 32:3-21; Acts 2:37-47
OR Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29; Deuteronomy 26:1-15; Acts 2:37-47