Hooray for sun, alfalfa, and Max.
Today was a day of somber thoughts for our family of faith at St. Luke Lutheran Church. I’m back helping to give pastoral care, preaching, and worship leadership after a dozen years retirement. It is a great honor to serve such a wonderful part of the Body of Christ, yet there is concern and grief in the air with news of several people with serious medical issues, and all of us in grief over loss of a key member, and a most beloved relative and friend of the congregation. On top of it all we all feel the burden of witnessing to Christ as Prince of Peace in a time of horrible warfare in Israel/Gaza and Ukraine.
So it was a blessing from God yesterday that we could come home through blazing sunshine and color of changing trees. Our months-long prayers for more rain were answered with the gift of four days and over two inches of much needed rain.
On the trail around Heatherhope with the dogs we could rejoice at the good start our newly planted alfalfa and grass are enjoying. And, of course, the sunsets here are always spectacular. And for an extra dose of life-force energy, there is Max who is just as obsessed at fetching a tennis ball as he is at herding sheep.
Sun, sky, good and glorious green. All gifts from God to help us cope with life’s stress.