Choosing through the choices…


Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.” (Romans 12:16)

“What’s the best way to get to the Flower Wagon again?”, I asked.

May is the month we plant flowers. Kris has certain likes and desire for symmetry and order (impatiens and geraniums). I enjoy some of the more under-appreciated species, (gazanias and dahlias). But there we are, in a series of greenhouses with a plethora of choices, all blazing in color, and all promising to be wonderful this summer (if only we could remember to water through July…).

How do we choose?
How do we remember that our choices may not be the choices of our spouses, our partners, our children, our family, or our friends?
How do we keep the haughtiness of certainty from blinding us to the possibility that our choices, no matter how deeply felt, may be incorrect for that place or time?
So many choices…

In my situation, I recall those words learned in church so long ago, “Happy wife. Happy life.”, and so we have impatiens all around the house (but with a few pots of gazanias too).

Wasn’t it wonderful to have our hymn sing prelude this morning? While singing every hymn (except one at 8am), I was also thinking of Hymn #464, and it’s first line,

“Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above…”

May we all listen to that meek small voice in our heads that encourages us to listen with two ears, and speak with one mouth.

Peace be with you in your week.

Brendan Armitage.

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Rev. Craig Ross

Senior Pastor

The vibrancy of life here at St. Peter’s makes my service on our staff a joy and privilege. Visitation, teaching and preaching are the ministries that feed my pastoral identity, as together our staff and lay members share in our missional calling … Building a community of faith by God’s grace.

One comment

  1. Thank you, Brendan, for the beautiful and wise exploration of those relationships that are at the core of our being, and how to nurture them and allow God to grow them. And I LOVE the “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” hymn. Thanks for referencing it!

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