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Cathedral of the Rockies July 2015

on Sep 4, 2015 |

Interesting conversations can manifest themselves in the most obscure locations. While pulling a few weeds in the First Fruits Orchard a passerby diverted off the sidewalk and took a seat on one of the benches.  She sat quietly as I buzzed around the trees pulling bind weed and goat heads.  I soon needed a break and joined her on the opposing bench.  We started talking.

She was a visitor from out of town staying with a family member a few blocks away.  There were medical issues at the home and she was there to provide comfort and care.  She needed a break.  She went for a walk and found the orchard on a beautiful day with a slight breeze.  Her story ended with “I really needed this place today.”

One of her questions for me was how the orchard came to be, why, and who.  I gave her the short summary, something hard for me to do.  All she said was “wow”.   She then observed a Dad and two kids working the dirt in the Teaching Garden.  “Is that yours too?”  “Sort of”, I said, “It’s our land, and the High School and neighborhood have that one.  I just make sure they have water and watch it happen.”

She needed to get back to the house.  I told her there was a note on the garden shed chalk board inviting people to pick some flowers.  “I think I’ll take them up on that.  It might brighten up my Mom’s day, I know it will mine.  Thank you, I needed this place today”.

No less, no more, the Church provided what was needed.  Can I get an Amen!