We have passed Pentecost and Trinity Sunday, the altar colours changing to green … we have come to the green and growing season with many lessons to hear and receive from the Word of God, lessons to train us up, and make us thrive as we submit to the Heavenly Gardeners hands.
In a few short weeks we are hopeful that singing and worship will return to our church on the hill, and that we can really get going under the leadership of Reverend John, who has yet to meet all of his congregation, Ugh! Covid19 – we want to put you behind us, leave you behind in the past, and not look back.
Yet, how can we not look back?
There will be missing faces as we gather to worship. There are missing faces in families and homes out there in the larger community. We guess that there will be those who will want to gather together and remember those who have passed on ahead of us; and we will comfort one another entrusting loved ones, and ourselves to the Gardeners care,
On that first glad Easter Day, Mary Magdalene mistook the Lord Jesus for the Gardener. I smile, remembering that it was Jesus who promised He would prepare a place for us, so that where He, was we may be also, that is where the Father of Jesus, our Father, whom Jesus called the “Gardener” is.
The Rhododendron I photographed a few moments ago is in its 46th Year. It wasn’t even planted where it is blooming now. It was dug up at the end of January 40 years ago and planted out a few days later on a frosty February day. It survived. It was planted with a prayer. The “Gardener” heard. The Rhododendron survived and thrived.
That is a good memory. A story with a happy ending and an ongoing story, just as the ‘story of Christ, Mary Magdalene, Peter, James, John, and St Giles, Rowley Regis is an ongoing story. We must be ‘ongoing’ too, not looking backwards and over our shoulders with too much regret but to the future.
“Even though there are days I wish I could change some things, that happened in the past, there’s a reason the rear view mirror is so small and the windshield is so big; where you’re headed is so much more important than what you’ve left behind.”Words found in a notebook dated 30th May 2019… unsure where they originated.
Words of Jesus.
“No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God”Like 9: 62
St Giles Church, is entering its green and growing season and our present building is just 2 years short of its 100 years birthday. Best feet forward.