This morning is garden day at the Mustard Seed House – a beautiful sunny Seattle day that makes me feel spring has finally come. It also makes me realize that the Spirituality of Gardening seminar in Lynden Washington is just over a week away. There is still room to attend. For those that are interested here are the details:
DATE: May 22, 2010
TIME: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Third Christian Reformed Church 514 Liberty St. Lynden, WA 98264
COST: $30 – $25, lunch & garden manual included
This event is sponsored by Third Christian Reformed Church and Five Loaves Farm whose generous support enables us to reduce registration fees. Scholarships are also available. Please contact us for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See how the flowers of the field grow.
They do not labor or spin.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor
was dressed like on of these.
(Matt 6:28, 29)
Community and backyard gardening has been one of the major responses to our turbulent times but most people do not know how to relate their garden experiences to their faith. Yet the gospel comes to us in the midst of God’s created world. I read about the death and resurrection of Christ in the Bible, but I experience it every time I plant a seed and watch it burst into life. I read about the faithfulness of God to Israel but I experience it every time I watch the rain fall and nourish the seeds I have planted. I read about the miracle of the fish and the loaves but I experience a miracle every time I am overwhelmed by the generosity of God’s harvest.
In this workshop, we will discuss the wonderful ways that God and God’s story are revealed through the rhythms of planting, growing, and harvesting in the garden. Spiritual insights, practical suggestions for backyard gardening and time for reflection will all enrich and deepen our faith as we explore new ways to connect to the God we love.
Each participant will receive a copy of To Garden With God – Spiritual Insights from the Garden and other helpful resources for organic gardening in the Pacific Northwest.