We have this gorgeous garden in the front of our sanctuary. We put it in ten years ago and has now grown to maturity and is a very peaceful and restful addition to our worship facility. Problem…very few people use it.

Oh on Sundays a few stop and look at the water fall. Some actually read their Bibles and others take the opportunity to pray. But…most of the time I spend hours monitoring the school children heading home and trying to keep them from chucking rocks in the garden pool.

The other day a repair man was here to look at our gutters and what needed to be done to maintain them. He said, “What a beautiful garden.” I replied “yes, and too bad more people didn’t TAKE the opportunity to stop and enjoy it.”

He laughed and said, “Just like the gutters.” He saw my confusion and went on to say, “No one notices the gutters until they start to leak. No one ever looks up.”

Chief Seattle was born along the Puget Sound and worked for peace for his people and those coming to settle in the area during the 1830s. He labored to integrate faith within his culture and traditions. He said this, “Humankind did not weave the web of life. We are but one strand within it. Whatever we do to the web we do to ourselves.”

I guess what I’m trying to say that as you travel this path God has for you. STOP and look around at the beauty, at the opportunities God has woven into your life. This is your chance. You may not have another.

“O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you as the day rises to meet the sun.”

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