My Reflection on A Day in the Country 2017 by Janet King

This past Saturday, we welcomed thousands of visitors to our Chapel grounds for 2017 A Day in the Country. And while I watched those thousands of visitors enjoying roasted corn, kids’ rides, barbecue, and vendor offerings, I watched our Chapel faithful work side by side.

St. Francis and Las Vegas by The Rev. Will Compton

He sits under the myrtle tree on the side of my driveway. Before that, he kept watch in my “Mimi” and “Grandaddy’s” garden. He is very worn from being exposed to the elements over many years, and is broken in two pieces, but you can still see his features. You can still see the contemplative, almost melancholy look on his face.

Jesus Loves the Little Children by the Rev. Ben Robertson

I love, and am profoundly honored by, giving communion to children. When our smallest sisters and brothers approach the altar, they can be hilarious, precious, honest, and holy.

Swim Out a Little Further by Gabbie Munn

God has such a sense of humor. There he was in front of me, walking backwards to get me to just come a liiiiiittle farther out into the pool. God tells us loud and clear that HE knows the plans that He has for us. So, here I am. Swimming in this messy pool of life, to a God with a funny sense of humor. He’s backing up and calling me onward, “Just come on! A little further!

The Hands and Feet of Jesus

Here at Chapel, we use the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum for our Sunday School through 6th grade, something for which I have been receiving training. Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting the work of Baptism to two brothers who will receive the Sacrament of Baptism next month. This was my first time to present a CGS work to children, and I was so nervous!