Wednesday, September 21, 2016

In the Garden: the LBC Youth Garden ... Again

Last week I had a phone call that took me by surprise. One of the leaders of the men's group working with the youth on the LBC Youth Garden called and asked, "Pastor, where are you?" "In my office," was my startled response, wondering where Joe was going with this. "Could you bring me out a couple of baskets? I'm in the garden." Now, it started to make sense. I got the baskets and went out into the garden.

What followed for this suburbanite was the equivalent of a small scale treasure hunt. Joe and I searched among the tomato, pepper, cucumber, and egg plant leaves and stems. We found quite a few ripe vegetables ready for harvest and the promise of many more to come. Before long, we were laughing at the abundance God had presented us. The harvest was heading off to people who needed fresh vegetables. I was startled at the number of pollinators among both the decorative and vegetable flowers. Life abounded in the garden.


Since that day, it has been my repeated pleasure to offer up fresh vegetables to hungry people who show up at the church doors. It is amazing what has come from the garden our youth planted in the early summer. We are still looking forward soon to a week when the children will return to the garden to harvest some of the vegetables for their families and themselves. That will be a sweet day, and it is coming soon.

Here are some recommendations for having a prayerful time in any garden from the Godspace Community Blog site: http://godspace-msa.com/2016/09/22/top-5-ways-to-pray-in-the-garden/ You are welcome to explore these prayerful options in the LBC Youth Garden any day you like.

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