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Vocation – A Reflection

November 14, 2022
A family treasure

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. — Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking (1973)

As I chose the picture to go with the above quote, the rose bush spoke to my heart The rose bush began as a cutting from Denise’s grandfather’s rose bush that he planted in Champaign, Illinois. Her mother tended it for many years and now Denise is tending this living heirloom that is well over sixty years old.

When I consider all that this rose bush has experienced over the years I am in awe. It traveled from Champaign to Florence, Alabama and the house where Denise grew up. It was transplanted from the house to a pot at the apartment where her mom and dad lived. After her dad died, the bush made its way to Carrollton, Georgia and now it is now on our front porch in Orange Beach, Alabama. Denise worked to remove some sort of tree that was growing in the same pot. It not only survived, it is thriving!

Isn’t that what God is calling us to do in the church and in our daily faith journey? A church that is in survival mode won’t be able to see the wonders that it can experience. It won’t be able to see the potential for a hope and a future that moves beyond simply surviving into a calling to live out the love, grace, mercy, and peace of God.

As I till and tend the soil of my interior life and walk with the church that I serve and help them to till and tend the soil of their spiritual life I see the similarities between what we are doing and the journey of the rose bush. Loving care, pruning, and refreshing the soil has helped it to grow and to bloom in such a beautiful way. As I walk with the church as they seek to discern who they are and who God is calling them to be perhaps all of us will meet at the intersection of our deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger.

2 Comments
  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    Thank you, for the beautiful picture, and for the helpful reflection.

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