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  • Writer's pictureJoe Cherry

Gardening is an Act of Faith

Updated: Dec 21, 2022

Gardening is an act of faith. When we plant seeds, we know there is no guarantee that flowers will grow, or bell peppers. We work in concert with the Earth, we tend, we weed, we water as necessary. But we can not force a plant to grow.

I invite you now to close your eyes and settle for a moment as you are comfortable.

Take a moment and figure out, what is your most precious hope?

Imagine that you and your hope are a tiny seed, planted in the spring’s dark rich earth.

Visualize your hope growing from tiny seed, it starts with the cracking of the shell of the seed. Before there can be growth, there must be a disturbance.

As the rain comes from the sky through the earth to your seed, sometimes not often enough, sometimes too frequently, your hope grows.

The roots of your hope grow strong in the earth, as this precious little seedling pushes it’s way up to the surface. Up toward the Sun and sky.

Once your hope is visible to the rest of the world, you may notice several things. You are not alone, there are others nearby.

And they and you are not the same, there is beauty in your diversity.

And as you grow, you in turn, produce seeds within your own being.

And these seeds become the hopes of tomorrow.

As you grow, within you and your hopes, grow the hopes of tomorrow.

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Rev. Joe Cherry

Rev. Joe is a biracial, gay, Unitarian Universalist minister, and history nerd. He lives in North Easton, Massachusetts, with his husband, Rev. Denis Paul, and their dog, Toulouse.

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