Trail Notes

Trail Notes: 10/04/2015

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Creation Season begins this Sunday for the 4 Sundays in October. Come for the pet blessing at the 9 a.m. service – in the tradition of St. Francis. 

This year, we are focusing on God’s abundant provision for us in the harvest. This first Sunday’s theme is planting. Jesus uses this image of planting, nurturing, and harvesting in many of his teachings. I can imagine him teaching a group in the countryside, pointing to a mustard tree on one side of the road, and beginning:  “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field…it is the smallest of seeds, but grows into the greatest of shrubs!” 
(Matthew 13:31, 32)

All of life, all of creation, is part of the natural cycle of new birth, growth, fruition, decay, and death…only to begin again with birth. We explore that cycle this fall, and seek to find God’s hand at work in each one of these parts of the cycle. 

Chief Seattle reminds us of our connection with this cycle of the earth, and our responsibility toward the earth and our children:

Teach your children what we have taught our children: that the earth is our true mother. Whatever happens to the earth, happens to the children of the earth.

In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus invites little children to gather around him and teaches the crowd: Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Our children are our primary “crop” as human beings! There is a childlike openness to the world that we must recapture if we are to preserve the earth and nurture what God plants. 

I’ve not got a green thumb, but I still know I have to work with God to plant and cultivate good things in this life. What part of your relationship with this earthly home seems strained or out-of-balance? What changes might God be calling you to make? How might God want you to “welcome the little child” into your life?  JBM


 

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