Beloved of God,
Those of you who know me even a little bit will know that I have an absolutely black thumb when it comes to plants. I just can’t seem to get the right balance of watering or not watering, and I can never quite tell when to pull wilted blossoms off the plant. I really do love and appreciate flowers though; they bring me great joy and delight. I am truly in awe of those of you who can tell weeds from precious seedlings!
I found the little sign pictured above while on a walk a few weeks ago, and it caught my attention: Love Grows Here. Love is one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity, and it seems to be flourishing here at Saint Matthias’ Church.
Our garden of love, like the Memorial Garden and all of the beautiful flower beds around the church, requires care and tending. The good news is that growth does not depend upon the thumbs of the Rector, but by the participation of every member of the Body of Christ. As I child, I used to sing a song whose lyrics went, “The more we get together, together, together… the more we get together, the happier we’ll be.” When we gather at church for worship, or at church or in the park or at the Roycroft or in a coffee shop for fellowship, or join forces to offer our ministry beyond our walls, the more our love grows to overflowing — the more we truly live out our mission statement (see above) — the happier we’ll be and the more the world will become a kinder place!
The little sign in the village speaks a great Truth about us, we who are the living, breathing Body of Christ at God’s little condo on the corner of Main and Maple: Love indeed grows here, and flourishes when we are together. Thanks be to God!
Yours in the fullness of Christ’s Love,