April Showers Bring . . .   It’s that wonderful time of year again. No doubt about it. We’re hopeful that warmer weather will help us catch-up to spring’s calendar. Yet, there’s no need to wait for our capricious weather to move us forward. With or without April rains we can receive a refreshing shower of God’s Spirit.   As we think about cultivating our gardens let us also consider opening our hearts and minds. Spring reminds us of how the abundant signs of life return to our bleak landscape. Don’t allow the pall of somber, browned grass discourage you. Before you know it, vividRead More →

Today’s lectionary text includes a key theme of life from death, nicely illustrated by Jesus’ parable of the grain of wheat. “Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24). Jesus makes a curious claim in this verse. A literal problem emerges in that grains/seeds don’t die before they germinate. A grain may appear dull and lifeless, but locked within is the marvelous chemistry and biology of life that, under proper conditions (e.g., light, temperature, water) will result in growth. Okay, grantedRead More →