A warm thank you to those who have remembered us with your summer photo greetings! We have paused for a prayer of thanks for every message and picture received. If your photo does not arrive in time for this newsletter, it will be included in next month’s publication.

You drench its furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
  You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance. The pastures are clothed with flocks, the valleys blanketed with grain; they cheer and sing for joy.” (Ps. 65:12-11,14)

Finnish summertime is harvest season. We nostalgically marvel at countless pictures of berry and mushroom forests, cloudberry bogs, and garden scenes. Here we have enjoyed carambola (star fruit), pineapple, and dragon fruit.

Everything in nature has its own time. Everything also has its timeline in the Kingdom of God. Physical social distancing, which began in March, also began a quiet time in the life of our congregation. Nonetheless, we can trust that peaking out from under this frosty ground, life has prepared us for a new kind of growth.

It is good to do inventory during these quiet times. Patiently, with open eyes and heart we can measure our accomplishments and plan the next growing season. We can think about those places that need thinning out, those that need nourishment, and those that need more watering. In any case, it is good to turn the soil before the growing season. Most important thing is that all of this must be done with love and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray:
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.   Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands. (Ps. 90:14-15,17) Amen.

Blessings and good health,
Pastor Mia