Amidst all the construction and commotion on the RHUMC campus, it would be easy to lose sight of our meditation garden. But it is still out there, at the far edge of our property next to the horse trail. Roses are blooming and the fountain is burbling! The trees and hedges and memorial wall provide a protective enclosure. The wooden cross serves as a focal point. On a recent visit, I discovered two friends sitting together on one of the benches enjoying sunshine, conversation, and music.
The meditation garden remains always open to anyone who might like to spend a little time with the sights and sounds of nature, which thankfully cannot be completely drowned out by the sounds of hammering, drilling, and driving. Thus, those of us who like to get up early can look forward again this year to an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:15 a.m., on Sunday, April 21, in the meditation garden. Joy, simplicity, and the nourishment of food and friendship are the traditions which define this gathering. Dale and Linda Gehr and friends provide the cinnamon rolls, fruit, and coffee. Woody and Patrick Woodland provide the guitar music. We will pray, read scripture, and reflect on the meaning of the day.
Feel free to wear casual clothes and/or bring a blanket. We’ll have seating for some worshipers, and standing room for others. If you are dressed up for services or other events later in the day, that’s fine too. The point is to be together as the new day dawns, thanking God for life and hope.
With you in faith,