by the Rev. Bruce Gray I took the photo above this week when I made a quick stop at the church to sign some papers. Like the rest of the staff, I have been working from home these recent months due to COVID19, and parish worship and gatherings have all been online. So the main doors from the parking lot into the church have gone unused.
This has given these two petunia plants a place to grow without being disturbed. But of course I see them as a metaphor. Even when the life of the church does not get to take place at the church, it goes on, and finds new places to blossom. That is the wonderful way God works in the world in general, and in each of our individual lives in particular. God is always seeking to give us new life, new ways to bloom, new ways to feel and share God's love for all.
Even though the people of Holy Family do not get to be together in person, the church and its ministries live on, and even grow. Even though we have now lived months in strange places, seeds that we did not even know were planted have sprouted and blooms can be seen, if we look. I am very glad I did not accidentally squash these two small petunia plants, and similarly, may we not, through our inattention, squash new ways God is loving us and loving the rest of the world, even in, or rather especially in, difficult times and places.