Lenten Challenge – Day 39

Today is Earth Day and the sprouts of radish and tomato plants are peeking through the soil.  Our climate is conducive to growing things and around the household, there is a fair amount of talking and singing to the seedlings as they prepare for planting in the container garden on the back porch.

Preparing, planting, singing, sowing – this is the theme the season.  Preparing amidst the challenges that rise up.  Tending to the hope of a garden to bloom.  Finding a way to celebrate what ever it is that comes up. There are days of tilling.  Days of weeding.  Days of nothing but grief and loss and disappointment.

And then a morning of the teeny tiny peak of green leaf and we rejoice.  A few weeks ago, I was privileged to officiate at the memorial service for a learned woman who loved violets and placed begonia blooms in bowls of water.  Honoring the beauty of the earth.  We invited people to come forward and take a fresh flower from vases at the altar and

remember the complex wonder of human life.

cups of beauty

At the memorial we shared this

poem...which ends with this stanza:

Live as if you liked yourself, and it may happen:

reach out, keep reaching out, keep bringing in.
This is how we are going to live for a long time: not always,
for every gardener knows that after the digging, after the planting,
after the long season of tending and growth, the harvest comes.

Writing prompt:  I am harvesting…


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