If you are one of those who love gardens and you do so by planting a vegetable garden or a flower garden, chances are you are beginning to enjoy the fruits of your labors right now. Some of the green produce and even the potatoes are beginning to be ripe enough to eat. If it’s flowers you like, chances are most of your plants are showing off their summer beauty as well! My brother, Deacon Rick, and I share a large garden at home and it’s great to harvest some of the vegetables that have come up.
Gardens are special. They are great places to spend time pruning and weeding and taking care of the plants. They are also great places to just rest on a bench and admire the wonderful atmosphere of plants we have built up. They are also places to pray and meditate as well. God’s presence is often most felt in places such as this.
Think about this: Life began in a garden, according to the Book of Genesis, with our first parents, Adam and Eve. Life also ended and began again near a garden with Mt. Calvary where our Lord was crucified on the cross. The Gospels describe a “garden tomb” that was nearby where Jesus was buried and where the promise of new life came when Jesus rose from the dead! So, to those who love plants, be sure to take time to enjoy all that both you and the Lord have done!
Finally, speaking of gardens, I do want to mention a two things.
1) I want to thank the members from both parishes who take the time to keep up their section of our various flower gardens and plants around our churches so to make our parish communities more warm and inviting to everyone! Keep up the good work! If you would like to join these volunteers and caring for part of our various plants, please call our parish office and our secretary will put you into contact with those who help.
2) If you have not already done so, check out the new brick walk-way recently installed which leads into our “Prayer Garden” at St. Paul! A generous donation from an anonymous couple has made this possible for us and I think it’s a great improvement on what we already have. My hope is that this pathway which extends all the way to the sidewalk will entice more people to check this Prayer Garden out. In the future we might put some sort of sign up to encourage people to walk in and spend some time. After all according to our Scriptures, “in the garden” is where our salvation begins and ends!