By Rev. Jane Smith at Channing Memorial Church in Ellicott City, Md.
Just as flowers emerge from rocky soil, so often does beauty emerge from hardship. We take this time to gather to celebrate this beauty and acknowledge the work that makes it so. Today we create and celebrate a bouquet of flowers unlike any other, lifting up the beauty of diversity and the inherent worth in each member of our interdependent web. While we each arrive to our virtual sanctuary with a wide array of emotions, we each leave with a blessing.