Earth laughs in flowers: 6-6-13
June 06, 2013
VICTORIA, B.C. -- "Consider," Jesus said, "the lilies of the field." And I take his choice of lilies to mean not just all flowers but any plant.
So I've come here to the famous Butchart Gardens in part to consider the lilies and the amazing variety of other plants and flowers on display in a setting that got its start in 1904 as a way of reclaiming land that had been mined for limestone to make Portland Cement.
There are, of course, many ways in which to consider the lilies: As examples of simple beauty, for example, or as representatives of the amazing variety in nature that caused author Annie Dillard to write that "the Creator loves pizzazz."
I invite you to consider them in those or any other way today as I share a few photos of what I saw here in Victoria.
And I invite you to put this place on your bucket list.
FAREWELL TO WILL CAMPBELL
Has there ever been anyone quite like the Rev. Will D. Campbell, who just died at age 88? Not hardly. And I expect never to see anyone quite like him again. But while he was here he certainly stretched the boundaries of what it means to be a Christian pastor.