"A Heavenly Tree"

3 Lent.C.22
Luke 13:1-9
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

God gives good gifts; fig trees are among them. In ancient Egypt, pharaohs believed that when they died their souls would encounter a Ficus sycomorus fig tree at the edge of the desert, and that the goddess Hathor would emerge from the foliage to welcome them to heaven. Fig trees and heaven—it’s not too much of a stretch. In fact, the fig tree is the only tree mentioned by name in the Garden of Eden.

"The Sheltering Wings of God"

2 Lent.C.22
Psalm 27, Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35
The Rev. Melanie McCarley

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear? Though an army should encamp against me, yet my heart shall not be afraid; and though war should rise up against me, yet will I put my trust in him.” It’s difficult to hear these words from Psalm 27 this morning, and fail to think of the people of Ukraine fighting to protect their democracy and homeland from a Russian invasion.