Dear Friends,

The church is in the “green season” and the routine of life is changing as we enter more deeply into summer. We are in the “ordinary time” of the church year- the days and weeks after Pentecost- that slow and thoughtful period that follows the drama unfolded between Advent and the coming of the Holy Spirit. Now we rest, assimilate what we have experienced, and prepare to respond faithfully to the good news that we are loved just as we are.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows,” says Jesus.

So slow down, lie by pools, barbecue in the backyard, catch lightning bugs in jelly jars, water the yard, go to work in lighter traffic, listen to the news, read the newspaper, enjoy a summer movie, or whatever it is you do to capture the essence of this season. Above all, enjoy your faith. However small or frail, however deep and firm, this is a time to connect God-trusting with day-living. Seek those vital connections between spirit and life. They are there, hoping to be found. Thomas Merton describes such moments as noticing a rabbit and seeing the rabbit has become transparent to reveal the “rabbitness of God.”

It is summer. Green is the color. Grow in peace and joy.


The Rev. Susan N. Eaves
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