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By Talitha Arnold

Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro cactus are steadfast. On less than 10 inches of rain a year, with temperatures that range from 120 degrees down to freezing, the iconic “giants of the desert” live on average for 150 to 200 years.

Saguaros grow in only one part of the world: the Sonoran Desert that stretches from southern Arizona to northern Sonora (Mexico) and west to a small corner of California. They’ve been a part of that landscape of rock and hard sand for 10,000 years. They are steadfast.

It’s doubtful the author of Psalm 108 ever saw a saguaro. Yet I think they would have appreciated these long-lasting denizens of the desert, especially the lessons they offer in staying steadfast when life is rocky and hard.

Unlike tumbleweeds that spring up quickly after a rain but blow away when life gets hard, saguaros grow slowly, putting out roots that are as broad underground as the plant is tall above ground. They have the foundation they need to remain steadfast through thunderstorms and blistering sun.

The saguaro’s adaptability is also key to its tenacity. Most trees have a central trunk, but a saguaro has ribs. When the rains come, the cactus expands to store water for the dry times. When a bird pecks into its skin, the cactus forms a “shoe” around the injury for protection—just as the psalmist looks to God to be a “fortified city” in their time of trouble.

The psalmist strengthens their faith in God through thanks and praise, proclaiming “I will awake the dawn.” Every morning, the upraised arms of God’s steadfast saguaros do the same.

Thank you, Creator God, for your steadfast saguaros and all the other lessons of your Creation. Amen.


SUNDAY, June 20, 2021

Join us via YouTube for this Sunday’s Fourth Sunday after Pentecost service as we continue with The Chaplain Chronicles and Pastor Donald’s theme, “Faith WITH Fear: The Chaplain Chronicles #13.”  Our focus text for this Sunday will be Mark 4:35-41 wherein Jesus responds to the disciples’ fear by calming the storm and bringing peace to all.

Kris Cunz returns as our liturgist for this service of worship, and Pianist Albert Mendoza will provide beautiful service music for our theme.  Albert will also accompany our singers Susan Aldrich, Regina Colombo, and Matt Ellison.  This week, Gina will sing a big Broadway song to enhance our theme – “You Will Be Found” from the musical Dear Evan Hansen written by Justin Paul and Benj Pasek.

Our thanks to our Master Technician Wyatt Beaudry, who will bring it all together for us this week.


Music for Meditation
Just added to our YouTube channel is a beautiful selection of Albert’s preludes from our worship services. Take some time to listen while you pray, journal, read or relax.