How quickly the thirsty sand has soaked up the rain from last night’s storm! I worry about the thimbleberries since they need abundant water in order to develop their fruit. I don’t need fresh thimbleberries; however, I’m most delighted that they are free, ready for the picking. No price per pound, no checkout, no scan code. I simply pick them, wash and sort, and they’re ready for me to eat or cook. Thimbleberries are a gift of the island, available to anyone who takes a pan for the picking. How like God’s salvation they are! Free for all! There for the taking! All that’s necessary is to go to God’s word with a believing heart and accept the gift—pick the berries and be nourished. I thank you God for this gift and for the free salvation you offer to all of us. Amen.