Last week I played a round of golf with an old buddy. I had not seen him in over a year and I wanted to make an effort because his older brother recently died. He’s been on my mind. During the round we were able to catch up and chatted about “things” as well as hearing his good memories of his brother.  What I realized was this was my first non-Sam round of golf I have played in 14 months. I was introduced to the men’s group  that plays a couple times a week (all characters in their own right).  I enjoyed the outing. Then last night we had a thoroughly delightful birthday dinner celebration with good friends who have been a part of my life since high school. We actually sat inside around their dinner table. Breaking bread together matters. There is something special (perhaps even sacred) in sharing family stories. (It’s like going through old pictures of those amazing trips or reminding yourself of the celebrations shared with those you love.)  As I sat in my thinking chair, these two very ordinary outings became representative for me. Post COVID life is appearing. It is coming into view. What comes next? It’s an intriguing and unfolding question. Since being vaccinated my concern, the sense of personal and/or community worry, is dissipating. Yes, we still need to be attentive to the ongoing trends of the virus but we don’t need to waste energy on being hyper-vigilant. Our energy needs to be realigned toward deepening fruitful living. I am expectant of a fruitful future. I am convinced God wants me, (you and us together) to do incredible things. Maybe one of those incredible things is simply to plant seeds in other people’s lives.

Scripture Reading: I John 4:18
“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.” 

Reflection Questions:
What does a fruitful future look like to you?
How are you planting seeds in others?
What incredible thing(s) does God have in store for you?

Prayer: Holy God, thank you for showing me how to live a fruitful life. Help me to be attentive to my relationship with you and others, and let me continue shining the light of your love. Amen.