The Chaplain’s Meditation Moment
From your chaplain……..
Life in our Gardens
How relaxing and rewarding it is to sit quietly and reflect on the life in our gardens! Even in the heat of the summer, we can enjoy its sights and sounds. Butterflies, birds and the plants all have a message for us….. everything comes from and belongs to our Father in Heaven. All living things are under his absolute supervision.
That is one of the implications of the sparrow falling as told in Matthew 10: 29-31:
“Not even a sparrow, worth only a half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.”
God is alert to everything that is going on in and around us. And why? Because Jesus said that God loves us! We are precious to Him and nothing can touch us without first passing through the filter of God’s love. We need not be afraid and should live our lives with confidence. Reflecting on the life of the common house sparrow, we can enjoy each day knowing that God has his eye on each of us. We have nothing to fear. All is well.
Lord God, Thank you for life. As we share your love for our wonderful garden, the earth, help us to use our resources wisely, protect our environment and encourage others to do the same. Amen
Our president’s theme for the coming two years centers on birds! How exciting and challenging as this allows us to focus our yearly programs and projects on quite a wide range of related topics and many resources to employ. A new, but as old as the world, opportunity awaits us, the gardeners of South Carolina! We’ve had the birds since the time of creation yet there is so much new to learn and share.
No matter where you live in South Carolina birds abound. And like the purple martins that annually return to Lake Murray, we will return to Columbia in July to attend the annual President’s Expo. It’s a must for dedicated clubbers, just as disciplines are a must in our spiritual lives. To keep us connected to the true vine, we branches must keep connected to God through prayer, worship and bible reading. I challenge you to see how many references to birds you can find in our Bible.
So, how does this all fit together? I think it was said best by American ornithologist, Roger Tory Peterson, “,,,, birds are far more than robins, thrushes, and finches to brighten the suburban garden, or ducks and grouse to fill the sportsman’s bag, or rare waders or warblers to be ticked off on a bird watcher’s checklist! They are indicators of the environment—a sort of environmental litmus paper”.
Yes, Garden Clubbers of South Carolina, you hold the litmus paper. God gave us dominion over the birds and the environment. Remember our works and our faith are connected as evidenced in our plans for 2017-19.
Blessings, Mary Rivers