Tag Archives: community

To Be: Meek

beatitude: meek

As the long road to recovery stretched before them after the war, Jeb surprised Judy and Cream by suggesting they hold a peach potluck in their orchard to share their future with the local neighbors.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 KJV

Prism Promises: Grace

rainbow garden

Moose and June shared seedlings from their small greenhouse inside the ship barn.

“I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.”
Genesis 9:13-15 KJV

Reveille

serenade

June’s heart nearly burst as she saw friends gather to celebrate their joy. Caleb, Rosita and Zeke arrived eager to help with details. Mr. Kingman sent regrets, along with a silver tea set. Jeb, Judy and Cream surprised Montana, arriving from Gettysburg dusty and tired. Rosita, Judy and Cream helped bake desserts, adding peach pocket pies to the wedding luau menu. Jeb, along with friendly seagulls, serenaded the wedding party as they gathered to practice.

“And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.”
Romans 13:11 KJV

Free

rock wall remember

“Jeb and I helped build the rock wall that would surround a planned community garden. We gathered some rocks from the battlefields. We felt encouraged to work with Farmer Jones, the mayor and others in the community, and dreaming of what we would plant in the spring gave us hope.”

“He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.”
Deuteronomy 32:4, 7 KJV

Truly

witness

The community’s witness and her own experience convinced June that a spiritual life proved worthy.

“And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”
John 4:42 KJV

Gathered Together

peace laundry

As June read the handwritten verses slipped into her chore basket, she experienced a calming presence.

“And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.”
Luke 24:33-36 KJV

Fire

bucket brigade

Realizing the orchard’s vital link to the community’s growth, neighbors rallied through long, smoky hours to stop the forest fire.

“Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.”
Psalm 68:9 KJV

Fulfilling the Law

secret recipe

For weeks, Sheriff Hueston and Montana delivered pails of water to Susanna’s front porch, but it wasn’t enough. Facing the unknown, Susanna handed her recipe for blue apple pie to Rosita for safekeeping.

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Galatians 6:2 KJV

Sew Restful

quilt hangin'

Rosita and Susanna hung the temple wagon quilt in the foyer of the new chapel. The quilt reminded the community that God’s unfailing love covered all believers.

“Remember the word which Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, saying, The Lord your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.”
Joshua 1:13 KJV

Worship with Joy

spiritually fed

Susanna savored the different flavors of the community as they rejoiced in God’s leading.

“And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.”
Ezra 6:16 KJV