Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Miracle of Gardening

We have received so much from the garden, I began to wonder what we are doing that is right or what divine assistance are we receiving. Our own home garden isn't nearly as bountiful even though both were planted the same day. Basically, with very little gardening experience, we managed to pick the most optimal spot we could have. The plot is nestled between the church and the parish school. The north side is just feet away from the outer wall of the gymnasium. The plot receives full sun from an open sky all day long and the light colored brick of the gym reflects back from the north and keeps the plot very warm (which I'm told is key for tomato and pepper growth). So it's nice to know that the spot was divinely inspired, because I'm sure had we given it any thought we'd have chosen a poor location.

We are making nearly daily deliveries now and are expecting the tomatoes to fully ripen in the next few weeks. We have several spaghetti squash that are nearly the size of watermelon and each will provide a wonderful meal or three for a needy family. I hope and pray that more and more parishes will begin similar garden programs. I hear news of others that just started this year in other parts of the country and smile. Such an event shows to me a movement of the Spirit in many hearts and that despite our sinfulness, God still works miracles through us.

Bless us O Lord and these Thy gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.