In his book Craddock Stories, the renowned preacher Fred Craddock describes a weekly ritual of his ancestors that they called “going marveling.” Alone or with others, they would go out for a walk with no particular destination in mind, just to admire nature and perhaps pick up a particularly beautiful or interesting rock or flower. Craddock so loved the idea that he decided to “go marveling” himself. And this is what he found:
“About a mile away, I came upon a pavilion, and inside I saw a lot of people singing, praying, and reading scripture, sharing their love for each other. They were vowing that they would…make every effort, God help them, to reproduce the life of Jesus in this place. And I marveled, how I marveled. And I said to myself, look what I have found, right here, in this little building.”
When I read this story, I couldn’t help but reflect on what has been one of the greatest gifts of the past year for myself and my family. Without realizing this was what we were doing, we went marveling a lot. Whether in our neighborhood or somewhere else in the city, taking walks and noticing new and interesting things was one of the ways we kept our center during a time of great upheaval and uncertainty.
We live in a world that is chock-full of marvel, but too often we miss it because we are too busy, too tired, or too distracted to notice what is happening right in front of us. We’re so inundated with the big things that the small things (which as it turns out, are often the most wonderful things) sadly go unnoticed.
This Sunday we will consider marvel and mystery in a new way as we hear the story of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday. I hope you’ll join us for worship at 9:30 or 11. We’ll also enjoy our second-ever virtual palm processional, hear some great music from our Worship Team, and celebrate two baptisms.
Between now and then, I hope you’ll find some time to go wandering. And let me know what you discover!