15 September 2019
We had a wedding in Prestonkirk yesterday. One of the most striking things about it was the arrangement of flowers. There were two vases and they enclosed the chancel space where bride and groom made their vows.
The flowers all came from the garden – sweet peas, scabius, daisies, anemones, honey suckle and ivy. Some of the flowers had a rich perfume like the colourful sweet peas. The arrangements were beautifully done with an eloquent simplicity.
They were clearly heartfelt and spoke about a more natural world than is often evident in some of the complex arrangements of bought flowers. Why do we not let the gifts in our garden adorn our worship spaces more often?
‘Consider the lilies of the field,’ says Jesus, ‘how they grow. Not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these.’ This is the imagery which Jesus uses to commend a contented spirit.
Their charm lies in their brevity. Perhaps that’s why we see less of them in the kirk. But this evidence of mortality makes them even more endearing. Here today and gone tomorrow. It makes their presence more valuable and their memory more acute.