Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church

The Sun on my Deck

October 16th, 2014 by Pastor David Echelbarger

The Sun on My Deck

The week has been one that could convince me I live in either London or Seattle. Wet, grey, and weary. Yet each morning when I opened the blinds my eyes widened when I saw a yellow sun on the deck. My own miniature sun, thanks to Christine’s bright yellow mum plant she puts on the deck table each fall.

I thought for a while why the yellow flowers brought so much pleasure. A bright spot in the grey? No, more than that, there was also a feeling of wistful joyful longing – a memory trying to surface like a shard of glass in the soil.

Then it came to me. The occasion was my grandparent’s 50th wedding anniversary. The golden theme was underlined by a host of bright yellow (gold) mums. The maple tree in the front yard in those days was a twig tied to a stick for support. Now that tree would defy two people placing their arms around it. That is how long the mums of that day have been gone – but not gone. Memory brightens our days. Store up for yourself cherished memory – a bright sun on a cloudy day.

Pastor David L. Echelbarger

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