This summer the entrance to the Chapel building was flanked by two huge hanging baskets of flowers.  They are quite pretty – Grace has put much time and effort into the care and feeding of these flowers.  As I look upon them out my window on the autumn(?) afternoon, I am still amazed at the differences between the 2 baskets.

As you enter the building, the flower basket on the left is growing and blooming, but the one on the right seems ready to burst open with all the flowers that are overflowing the planter.  That seemed odd to me at first.  Grace does not play favorites with their food or water.  She spins the baskets on the hooks as she is able to do so.  It seems like they are the same…

The difference, I have decided, is the amount of sun that each basket gets.  The basket to the east is in the shadow of the octagon, library and the overhang for most of the day.  The basket to the west has no such shadows from mid-afternoon until sunset.  Obviously, the one that is growing more gets more of the sun – the impetus behind the growth. 

I think the same is true of us – those that have more of the Son grow more, bloom prettier and bear more fruit than those with less of the Son.  How much has the Son shone on your life recently?   How is your basket?


I John 5:11-12 And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life