Texts: Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-11
Speaker: Mark Rupp
The end of the year and the beginning of the new year--whether you measure liturgically or by the 12-month calendar--is a time of looking back and looking forward. This past week, I was reminded that it was almost one year ago I decided that one of my new year’s resolutions was going to be getting more houseplants. Of course, “more” wasn’t hard when you start from zero, but on January 1, 2019, I walked out of Giant Eagle with a beautiful, fuschia-colored orchid.
Thus began a journey that has blossomed--pun intended--into, at last count, 27 different containers of plants. We only have one room in our house that gets adequate light and doesn’t allow access to meddling felines, so nearly all of those 27 plant-babies live in that one, southern-facing sun-filled room.
Lately I’ve taken to calling this room our sanctuary.
This sanctuary is also home to my desk, so the plants became my companions this week as I sat with the lectionary texts. Isaiah’s vision of a tender shoot springing forth from the stump was made even more vibrant as I looked around and could see new shoots and leaves springing...