Treasured Traditions and Rituals

by Rev. Peter Friedrichs

“Feet Of Runner In Evening Light” by Sura Nualpradid used with permissionIt’s hard to believe that it’s already May!  A long, cold winter is disappearing in our rearview mirrors and summer is already staring us in the face.  There’s a tendency at this time of year to skip church and enjoy the great outdoors (or to use Sunday morning to mow your lawn), but I hope you resist that urge.

Our spiritual theme for May is Tradition.  Amid all the changes noted above, and all the other upheaval in our lives, traditions can anchor us and remind us of what’s important.  Beloved traditions call us back to our roots and our past. They help us to hold onto the familiar while we endure all the turmoil of change.  How we celebrate the changing of the seasons, partaking in treasured rituals such as Flower Communion, graduation parties and Memorial Day picnics, can provide a foundation on which we can build new experiences without feeling completely adrift.

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