This photo is of the wisteria in our back yard. I was struck by the way that the healthiest part of the vines are those that twine around each other and help hold each other onto the trellis. Their beauty is in their collective health and strength… Made me wonder what our society could be like… what the Church could be like…

Sweet wind of the Spirit, 

Wafting in on the breeze, lovingly reminding us of your presence, your beauty and your hope: let us twine around you and experience your love, rooted and grounded and growing, ever so slowly, ever so carefully, ever so patiently. Together.

We have been buffeted by harsh winds. We have been beset by plagues of hate and intolerance. We have not tended one another, loved one another, protected one another. We who are strongest and have the most access have not supported the tired and abused. We have poisoned the very soil from which we all are growing.

Yet, Holy One, we sense your Presence. Wave upon wave of your fragrant and refreshing love lifts us up, sends our hearts heavenward. Our hopes are renewed, our faith restored.

We are all of your Vine. We are all of your root and flower. We are many blooms. We are stronger when we grow together.

We are one in you, Spirit, Creator, Redeemer, and we thank you.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn, BCC is a board-certified hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!

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