For many years our church youth group planted sunflower seeds at the beginning of their Lenten journey. It was a reminder that even in the midst of the somber season of Lent new hope and possibilities were starting. Often the sunflowers got planted on the fences around the church to keep that reminder going. This year, I’m in a different place but the seeds still got planted! They will be a reminder of all that is growing, even in the season of Lent! What helps you remember?
In Genesis we read: “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and everything living around you and everyone living after you. I’m putting my rainbow in the clouds, a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. From now on, when I form a cloud over the Earth and the rainbow appears in the cloud, I’ll remember my covenant…”
Remember. God gives us the promise that God will remember and keep God’s covenant with us. The hands in this picture are a call for us to remember. We are called to remember God’s promises to us. And we are called to remember that we are in this together. Who do you need to reach out to with these reminders today?
Celebrating the faithful disciples who came out in the snow and ice to worship at Emmanuel UMC in Oaklyn!
Well…we were supposed to get just a couple of inches of snow. It’s already at 6 inches and still coming down! Events have been unexpectedly canceled, frustration abounds. But even in the midst of it there is joy! It is impossible to resist the joy of our dog, Sadie bounding around in the snow!
Even when we think we are alone, Christ is with us. Who do you need to reach out to with that truth?
Today’s word is “Look.” These flowers are right by my desk, and they look a lot better in this photo than they do in reality! Yes, they are a bit past their prime…but for some reason I didn’t want to throw them away. Because that vase of flowers had sat next to my computer desk for a while, that’s where my focus went. So, it took me a while to look a bit further down the cabinet to notice that my husband had put a vase full of Amaryllis blossoms near by. How often do we do such things–we get so focused on what we know, what is familiar and we miss the gifts that God places before us…things that are in plain sight if only we would look. God invites us to look! Who knows what we will see.