Don Weber (North Dakota)
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Whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. - Galatians 6:10 (NRSV)
Saturday morning the phone rang, and a familiar voice asked, “Do you hoe gardens?” It was Verna, my 90-year-old widow friend. I was semi-retired with extra time on my hands, but I needed a few moments to think about her request. I worried that my hoeing skills weren’t good enough....
“As the curator of The Upper Room Chapel and Museum, it is my task to highlight art and draw the viewer into the work itself. On clear days, the art is outside The Upper Room Chapel: gorgeous pink blossom clouds of the Japanese Magnolia trees. The blossoms don’t last very long. If you are in the Nashville area, take a few minutes to stop by and enjoy them. ‘We recognize God’s presence in the world around us,’ the author of The Mystic in You says. ‘Sometimes it comes because of our intentional spiritual practices. Other times, it comes when we least expect it and do not feel as though we deserve it. … Geese flying overhead and a dog running in its sleep become windows into eternity when we pause, notice and open to the wonder of all being.’ Sometimes it is in a pink cloud of blossoms.”