Every Member Is Important

All summer a church garden in one European city is bright with geraniums. Many different colors and species blossom in it for months, not only giving pleasure to the members and regular attendants of that branch Church of Christ, Scientist, but brightening the thoughts and lives of local residents and passersby.

This display is a joint effort of the church membership—testimony to their love for their church. In the spring all the members are each invited to bring a geranium plant—whatever kind and color they individually like. Then the garden committee plants them in the flower beds around the church. The more members who respond, the more resplendent is the garden. Every geranium counts.

The success of all the activities of a branch church depends on the members, and the church garden is no exception—in fact, it can teach a useful lesson, since it so obviously responds to the quality of the members' support. The extent of their love for their church, and what it represents, governs more than its garden's appearance. If all the members love their church enough to bring a plant, the garden becomes alive and beautiful. But if they are apathetic or sparing in their support, the flower beds will be sadly uninspiring.

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August 8, 1977

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