Perfect Michigan Day

Today is why I live in Michigan: high of 76 degrees, low humidity, breathtaking breeze and blue sky. It makes every day of the polar vortex worth it! What comes to mind is a poem by e.e.cummings that I’ve used as a benediction in the Spring when the color green breathes new life and hope into us.

I thank You God for most this amazing day: for the leaping, greenly spirits of trees and the true blue dream of sky; and for everything which is natural which is infinite which is yes.

(i who have died am alive again today, and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth day of life and love and wings and of the gay great happening that is illimitably earth)

How should tasting touching hearing seeing breathing any-lifted from the no of all nothing-human merely being doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and the eyes of my eyes are opened)

Sit outside tonight and pledge to anyone near you that you will remember this night in the cold of February! Listen to the cries of the birds. Open your eyes to their music and the green that surrounds you. My husband and I are reliving the past by sitting outside at the Meijer Gardens for a concert with Styx! Their music is a bit different from the rustle of the leaves and cry of the blue jay. But it all expresses the joy of Creation. As the sun sets on a perfect Michigan summer day my spirit says


By preachinglife

My father was a military chaplain so I moved around quite a bit growing up. I have always gone to church! Even when we traveled we went somewhere to church. I met and married my husband, Garrett, at Chicago Theological Seminary where I earned a Masters of Divinity degree. He and I were ordained together at the First Church of Lombard, United Church of Christ in Lombard, Illinois on June 14, 1987. My first act as an ordained minister at the end of a tremendously hot ordination ceremony was to baptize my daughter, Lisa Marian! We added two sons and a daughter to the mix: James, Joseph and Maria. We have girls on either end and two boys one year apart in the middle. They range in age from 33 to almost 22. I love them!

I have been in the parish ministry for 35 years, serving at three different churches. I have joyfully served the people at the First Congregational Church of Rockford, United Church of Christ in Rockford, Michigan for 24 years.

We live on family land about 3 miles from the church. In random free moments I enjoy cooking good meals, reading, writing, gardening, traveling and spending time with my family. I am blessed!

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