Dear Friends in Christ,

These past few weeks I have spent a lot of time in my garden. Now is the time of year when things start to get really exciting in there. Every morning I awaken to discover the gift of a new cucumber, squash or ever ripening tomato. When the day gets to be a bit too much, and Zoom meetings become stacked, I take little walks around the garden and remind myself that God is still present, helping us to stretch and grow. If God helps my string beans grow, how much more will God help me?

This week I was particularly awe struck by my blueberry bushes. One of the bushes came with the house, and is at least four years old. When we moved in it was the only bush we had, and it had only a few berries here and there. The next year there were more, but the harvest was far from impressive. I remembered from my parents garden that blueberry bushes need friends, and I immediately went out and bought three other bushes. Fast forward two years and our blueberry bush is bent over sideways, full of berries.