Gardening as worship

In Uncategorized on March 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

We finally started our garden. At present we have a plot of about five feet by seven that will hopefully, come summer time spill forth with the earth\’s bounty…aka we are planting in our small, SMALL, front yard and hoping that something aside from weeds will grow. We were going to plant the garden with some friends of ours but the timing never worked out  so we called our landlord to ask if we could dig up his front yard and he said yes. In fact, being the gracious man that he is, he came out and talked to us while we were gardening and offered to let us plant across the street at another one of the houses he owns. What a blessing. We started last Saturday and came back to it about two nights ago. Already I am learning things. I have learned that to grow peppers you should put two matches underneath them because peppers require sulfur. I am learning that things that are important take time. Right now we are concentrating on turning the soil and we are weeding it as we go. Since our entire front yard is covered in weeds this is taking quite a bit of time. There are also a lot of rocks. You cannot use the shovel in these areas. You have to get down on your knees with a spade and with your bare hands dig through the soil to find and remove each and every rock.

It has been rather wonderful so far. It takes a lot of time, but I believe it is a much better investment than many other things we could spend our time on. It helps Phil and I invest in our relationship as we sit and talk for hours. It helps us to live out our belief in not oppressing others or the earth through our lifestyle and consumption. It gives us the oppertunity to smile and say hello to strangers who walk by. More than anything it is allowing me to commune with our creator. Sticking your hands into God\’s creation is a great way to be in contact and have a conversation with him or her. I believe it can be a form of worship. Like all forms of worship it requires sacrifice. Sacrifice of time. Sacrifice of control. Phil and I can plant and tend to the garden…but in the end it is only God who can make anything grow.

So Lord…because I know you read my blog I ask you to make our tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, herbs, and any other vegetables we plant grow.


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