Breakfast Guest

Breakfast at Heatherhope is a reward for completion of morning chores, prayer-of-thanks time for the long chain of harvest to truck to mill to truck again to middleman to grocery to cereal bowl…and a time for coffee brain and deep thoughts about the world outside and the world inside.

This particular morning Connie and I responded to friend Pat’s reflection after our Monday evening start into the Book of Hebrews: “The Holy Trinity might be the most beautiful model of unity in diversity that we have.”

Just then a flicker of iridescent green caught my eye. Our guest for our morning reverie was a mother ruby-throated hummingbird at the feeder just outside our window. A startle. A blessing. An enigma of 53 times a second stillness.

The font of my faith is of moments like these. Lofty concepts must follow far behind. And if they are concepts woven of wisdom, they must always be playing catch-up.

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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