Pastor’s Message – August 25, 2020

Living Like the Moss

This past Sunday I closed the sermon with an illustration from the radio program, On Being with Krista Tippett. In an interview from February of 2016, Tippett spoke with bryologist Robin Wall Kimmerer, an expert in moss. Some of her observations had me saying out loud, “This is what the church should be!” I am printing below what I shared on Sunday as an invitation to live more like the moss. I also encourage you to check out the whole interview at the link provided below to experience the wonder of God’s creation.

Mosses are not good competitors at all, and yet they are the oldest plants on the planet. They have persisted here for 350 million years. They ought to be doing something right here. And one of those somethings is their ability to cooperate with one another, to share the limited resources that they have, to really give more than they take. Mosses build soil, they purify water, they are like the coral reefs of the forest, they make homes for this myriad of all these very cool little invertebrates who live in there. They are just engines of biodiversity. They do all of these things, and yet, they’re only a centimeter tall.*

Let’s ask ourselves the following questions
1. How might I cooperate with other people?
2. How am I sharing my resources?
3. How will I give more than I take in the kingdom of God?

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian


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