Radical Love – Focus Scripture: Matthew 6:24-34
Whenever I think about this scripture, I think about my Great Aunt Ruth. Born in Mississippi at the turn of the 20th Century, Ruth and her husband were among the many people who migrated to the Chicago area around the 1930s and 1940s. When they first embarked on this great migration, they didn’t know what would face them when they arrived. They stepped out on faith and trusted God to provide the rest.
Ruth loved the land and boldly coexisted with nature. She had a way with vegetables. If you could eat it, Ruth could grow it—collard greens, tomatoes, peppers, rhubarb, corn, and tall stalks of okra. She taught us how to plant and water and weed. She taught us about good bugs and bad. Every year at harvest time, she shared her bounty with those around her, especially with the ones she loved. I believe that nurturing this relationship with nature was one of the ways she expressed her love of God.
I thank God for Ruth. I thank God for these memories.
Sustaining God, I put my hope in you both now and forevermore. Like Ruth, I cast my cares on you and have confidence that you are in control. Amen.