March 18, 2020
A few days before our self-imposed quarantine began, my friend Claire and I decided to plant flower seeds. I had found a packet of Calendula seeds while moving to our new home. They were hidden in a drawer. I don’t know how long they had been there, and I wasn’t even sure they’d grow. I’m not a gardener, you see. I’ve never planted seeds before. At the time I thought of it as a fun thing to do with Claire, so we filled biodegradable peat pots with dirt, dug little holes, dropped a seed in each, covered them back up, and dribbled them with water.
I had no idea those little seeds would come to mean so much to me. Two or three days into our quarantine I suddenly realized that the dirt I had been watering (at the insistence of Claire who spoke to me through a closed window) now had small green growth poking through it.
The next day I tilted the container toward the window to show my friend what was happening. It was a moment of shared joy during a week of strange events and growing anxiety. In that moment I was grateful for the power of life to break through darkness and reach for the light. In that moment I was grateful for the resilience of children. In that moment I was reminded that “Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what” (1 Corinthians 13:7).
That little plant, and that little friend, reminded me that I can only endure what life throws my way if love surrounds me. Knowing that I am loved, and that I am called to love others, strengthens my trust and broadens my hope.
You are loved by a Creator whose heart beats in time with your own. You are loved in all of your glorious imperfect humanity. Turn your face toward the light of the Christ - wherever you are - and grow in that love. Then offer that love to the world.
Peace to you,
may Your life break through and cause growth in me.
I promise to reach for the light;
To reach for You.
I promise to nurture growth in others
even when we are far apart.
Thank you for reminders of Your love,
and of my responsibility
to embrace that love and offer it to others.
In the name of the Living Christ I pray,