We have all felt frustrated and worried and sometimes a little lost during “these uncertain times,” haven’t we? Quarantine and masks and injustice and protests… and in the midst of it, life goes on. Some of you may be graduating and trying to figure out what’s next in a world that looks very different from the way it did just months ago. Andrew’s daughter Skye (the Song Maiden) just graduated amidst all this, too, and Andrew gave the commencement speech for her and her fellow graduates. This morning the Rabbit Room posted the full text, and I link it here in case it is also helpful for you.
Uncertainty is no reason to stop adding to the beauty of the world. We don’t know what’s coming. Write songs anyway. Make pies. Plant gardens. Why? First of all, you might be in Babylon for longer than you think. Second of all, gardens are beautiful. And beauty is one of the best ways to fight the darkness. I love Skye’s song “Sandcastles,” because it’s a reminder to get busy, to “color the world in your own little way,” because the love that lives in beauty lasts forever. It is unshakeable. So step out into the post-Coronavirus world and plant whatever garden God has called you to plant. Pull the weeds of injustice and evil. Plant so much beauty that it chokes out the poison.