Eat This and Grow!

This past weekend I participated in the 26th Annual Gathering and the 25th Anniversary of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, a group that came together from several strands of Mennonites and now worships in 12 languages. The visuals and reflections were bursting with planting imagery. Questions were asked, and stories were told about the “seeds” God was planting in us as individuals and congregations. Three new congregations joined the Area Church. The breaks were full of friendly conversations.

Outside daffodils, violets, hyacinths, tulips, and more, were blooming and warm winds were blowing. Signs of new life and careful planning abounded.

The sign of new life that impacted me most deeply was totally unplanned, for it couldn’t have been planned. During the closing moments, as we were celebrating communion and the bread was being distributed, an infant started expressing its hunger. At the exact moment the rest of us lifted the bread of heaven to our lips, the hungry, tired infant latched on, sucked, and was satisfied. And momentarily, so were we, as yet another seed of what God is up to started growing in us.


About Elsie Hannah Ruth Rempel

As a young senior whose life could easily have ended in a nasty car crash in 2012 I live with an extra dose of gratitude to God, humanity, and the wonders of our human bodies. I am a passionate advocate for ministry WITH children and seniors in the life and ministry of the church. I started working in Faith Formation with Mennonite Church Canada in 2002. Thinking and writing about faith helps me see God at work in all kinds of surprising places. I'd like to be remembered as one who encourages others to live into God's good dream for our world. My book, Please Pass the Faith: The Spiritual Art of Grandparenting, is one big way I'm trying to share that encouragement with my peers. This blog is another way I'd like to engage people who care about growing in faith across the generations.
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