celebrating the miracle that is life, the bursting forth of growth and color and food from seed and soil, we planted a small garden this year, after shannon read about a way to maximize space when you only have limited quantities of it. so we tried it, and we've been able to enjoy the fruits of our labors this summer. part of that is the lettuce and carrots and beans and pesto and spinach and more that we've enjoyed, but also just the process of watching it go from seeds to shoots to sprouts and then tall leafy plants. it's been wonderful just to behold the mysterious miracle of it all. here are a few pics of some of our recent bounty.
in our church, we are continuing with a series called "letters from Jesus," in which we are looking at the seven letters in the beginning of revelation addressed to seven churches in asia. we are imagining what it would be like if we were to receive a hand-written letter from Jesus to our church. what would it say? how would we be encouraged? how would we be challenged? we've looked at three of the letters now. this week we looked at the letter to the church in pergamum. the letter to them includes some harsh criticism of some of their behavior, but it also says that Christ understands how difficult their situation is. and in case they feel like they are stuck in their sinfulness, Jesus says something amazing to them: i will give you a new name. the world gives us so many names, doesn't it? our parents, of course, give us our birth names. but the naming doesn't stop there. it continues right on through elementary school, high school, and into t