From Pastor Ken
Are you a gardener? Do you enjoy selecting plants, gently placing them in the soil and admiring their growth? Do you enjoy the feel of dirt under your fingernails and the smell of fresh harvest?
If you do, then you know that plants cannot simply be planted and then left alone. It is not enough to plant a garden and then walk away, leaving it to get on as best it can. Plants must be cultivated, cosseted and cared for. They must be watered, weeded and inspected for miscreant creepy crawlies.
Only a poor gardener plants a crop and then neglects it until the harvest. To keep growing, a garden must be constantly cared for.
I know many of us at Westminster are physically, emotionally and spiritually tired. Our life has been busy these last several months. We’ve had staff turnover. We’ve learned to live broadcast our services. We’ve confirmed confirmands and welcomed an interim Transitional Pastor and Head of Staff. Most recently, we have celebrated the Festival of Pentecost and the Feast of the Holy Trinity. All while keeping ourselves and others safe during this time of Covid. If Westminster were a garden, many of us would be covered in dirt, smell like fertilizer!
Understandably, it’s tempting now to forget about our spiritual lives. It’s tempting to walk away from them until Fall. We’ve worked hard for months. We need to relax and let all things spiritual take care of themselves. We can skip worship. We can let go of Bible study and daily prayers. We can tune out the calls for volunteers and ignore the lists of Joys and Concerns. We can use our offering money for eating out and enjoying all those things we’ve denied ourselves for so long. We deserve it!
However, our spiritual lives are not rocks we can leave carelessly lying around. Spiritual lives are living things, organic, that must be regularly tended. Like fruits and flowers and fresh vegetables they must be looked after and cared for. Our spiritual garden must receive at least as much attention as our precious plot of land.
Bible study, regular prayer, worship, stewardship of God’s good gifts; these are all part of keeping our spiritual gardens flourishing. We must water them with generosity. We must nourish them with acts of kindness and Christian love.
In our liturgical calendar we are now in the season of Ordinary Time. Our liturgical color is green, the color of growth. I pray that this summer we will all cultivate our spiritual gardens and help them grow into the rich, fruitful lives God wants them to be.
God’s peace to all,