By The Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Holy Spirit Episcopal Church
I serve two ministries. I’m the minister at Holy Spirit Episcopal Church and the executive director at Plainsong Farm, a new Rockford non-profit growing food for people and people for God.
Sometimes serving two ministries makes me feel divided, like I’m going in different directions. But at other times, everything coheres in one holy moment. I had one of those holy moments earlier this month as we began the Blessing the Fields service at Plainsong Farm.
Blessing the Fields happens every May. We walk the property with anyone who wants to join in. We give thanks to God for the life of the soil and the plants and for our own lives. We pray for the coming growing season. This year we we invited people to bring water with them, from anywhere at all. As the service began, everyone poured their container of water into one container, naming where they found it.
One said, “Wabasis Lake,” another said “my kitchen sink.” It was all welcome. Over the poured-out water we remembered, “All the water that has ever existed, is on earth now. All the water that ever will be, is ours to steward… We thank you, Almighty God, for the gift of water. Over it the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. Through it you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In it your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit…”
It is a powerful thing to realize that the water we take for granted is life itself: that it is the same water that God uses to make new Christians in baptism, the same water that our ancestors used, the same water our descendants will someday enjoy.
No matter where I go, I rely on water; no matter where you are, you do too. Among all our divisions in our divided time, we have this in common: the water of life. May we be mindful to treasure it as a blessing, and use it to bless the world.
The Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Rector
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