Monday, August 13, 2012
Hidden Roots, Hidden Connections
These are some Aspens near my home, on Iron Mountain. Populus tremuloides....trembling poplars. I love the sound the leaves make in the wind. The largest living organism in the world is found near Fish Lake, Utah. It is a community of Aspens. Aspens are all connected undersground. The connections are mysterious and complex. They look like individual trees, but they are not.
Just so the church. We are part of a community that is mysterious and complex, and as Dietrich Bonhoeffer reminds us, it is also a gift.
Congregations, like Aspens and Aspen Groves, wax and wane, grow and decline. Either way, God is present. Who is to know what the Spirit is doing?
Community, like Aspen trees, can grace our lives. May it be so.
Pastor Jeffrey Louden