This rose bloomed on the morning the moving van arrived, a morning full of constant motion and a flurry of activity. As our children and I left the house for the last time, I stopped to smell the rose and invited them to do so, too. The moving crew–five men–all came over to smell it too. I didn’t plant the rose, nor did I tend it particularly well. It’s not my favorite color. But it smells heavenly, and I was glad we all took the time to smell the roses.
I hope you can take some time to smell a rose, or something equally “unproductive,” even as you prepare your sermon this week.
Revised Common Lectionary preachers can be measured by Amos’s plumb line or ponder the Good Samaritan. Maybe you’re doing something else: a series, or a special occasion, or something the Spirit whispered in your heart this week. Whatever your plans, we are here for mutual support and encouragement, sharing of ideas, and prayers.
Peace be with you, preachers.
Monica Thompson Smith is a Presbyterian Church (USA) minister, serving as stated supply pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Luling, TX. She is a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit.
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