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Meditation on Flower Communion Sunday

Adapted from Flower Sunday, 1969

On a day such as this may a great change come upon us. The sounds we have

been hearing have been discordant; the sights we have been seeing have been

violent; the words we have been reading have been hateful. All this has been

wearying, discouraging and distracting. In our hearts we had a dream of love and

in our minds we had a pattern of community, but this has been a sorry season of

discontent, most difficult for visions.

Today is a new day: truly an hour for hope and joy and gladness. Let us

be thankful for the persistence of flowers, and open ourselves to their long

wisdom. Often they grow in spite of terrible winters and miserable summers.

Strange beauty greets us in unexpected places, as if there is a particular grace

that is stronger than our carelessness and indifference. But when we tend our

gardens with love and care, the reward can be greater than the effort.

It is most wise to combine flowers and children in a day of celebration,

for flowers and children ever speak to us of wonders and glories yet to be, of

hopes fulfilled if we tend our gardens and our homes with patience and wisdom

and love.

Let us be silent together.


Source: UU Faith Works Winter/Spring 2003

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