I walk into church - along the walk - and see a little girl (maybe 4-5 years old) carefully putting the snails on the damp sidewalk into groups of four! (Yes, there were a lot of them.) And, seeing me watch her, she looked up, smiled, and said, "I'm putting them in families, so they'll have a mommy and a daddy" and, she added, "And I'm careful to pick them up from the back, so I don't get slimed!" Well, I realized, if this wonderful little person has such sensitivity, she must have loving parents! And I instantly adopted her as one of my spiritual grand-daughters.
Since then I have met sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, daughters and sons in this blessed church family - called Church of the Resurrection - part of the families of faith all over the world - and not just Episcopalians! Thank you, for all of us, working together in love - to make your kingdom be - not just come.