How good and pleasant it is
when God’s people live together in unity!
It is like precious oil poured on the head,
running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
down on the collar of his robe.
It is as if the dew of Hermon
were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
even life forevermore. – Psalm 133
After supper Thursday I drove Rebekah to the church for the deacons’ meeting, intending to drive directly home. But something about the evening light grabbed me, and I had to get out and walk around a little.
We have a beautiful campus, but it’s the typical church conglomeration of thoughtful site development, pleasing architecture, and then some modular units thrown in because we ran out of space. More and more however, there is a thread of beauty unifying it all via creative landscaping and seasonal color.
Our gardens are not only lovely, they are a metaphor for the body of Christ and the unifying beauty of love that is underpinning all we do and who we are at our core as a community.
Unity, not uniformity.
Like the physical campus, we are a conglomeration of traditional, contemporary, modular, and hybrid. We’re all over the map when it comes to a dozen or more variables of history, tradition, theology, doctrine, politics, education, experience and more. However, like the creativity and the love for beauty that brings our facilities together, the beauty of love says more about us than anything else.
The love for beauty in our gardens has the same unifying effect as the beauty of love in the congregation.
Here are a few images from my walk around Thursday evening…
In the beauty of love, and because we love beauty – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there's always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor's degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men's Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.