Sunshine, Alfalfa, and Max

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.

Autumn twilight at Heatherhope. Photo by John
While the other Border Collies explore on each run around the hay field, Max plays fetch with the tennis ball. We know it’s not best to encourage this, but we are old, Max is young, and none of us can help it. Photo by John

About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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