June 23, 2019
Our first full week in Watertown, my husband Michael and I have been enjoying Thompson Park almost every evening. All those shades of green to enjoy! Likewise, our church is in our green season and the routine of life is changing – both in our worship and prayer as well as our lives — as we enter more deeply into summer. It’s a slower, more thoughtful period that follows the drama which unfolded from Advent through to the coming of the Holy Spirit. Now we rest, assimilate what we have experienced, and prepare to respond faithfully to the good news that we are loved just as we are.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows,” says Jesus.
When I was in discernment with Trinity’s Search Committee, during a phone conversation with our Canon Carrie Schofield-Broadbent, I asked her to describe the North Country culture to me. One thing that I remember her saying is that the North Country “likes to enjoy life.” She emphasized the word enjoy. And when better to enjoy life than during this green season? It’s time to barbecue in the backyard, catch lightning bugs in jelly jars, water the yard, go to work in lighter traffic, read the news leisurely, enjoy a summer movie, or whatever you do to capture the essence of this season. Above all, and through all, enjoy your faith. However small or frail, however deep and firm, this is a time to connect God-trusting with day-living. Seek those vital connections between spirit and life. They are there, hoping to be found. It is summer. Green is the color. Grow in peace and joy.