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With gardens, comes faith

December 23, 2010
By Stephanie Bethke-DeJaeghere

Gardening and faith. Faith and gardening. It seems that where there is one, there is the other. Whether it is faith in your garden, yourself or your religious beliefs, you will find it in some pretty amazing places and often times when you are less likely to be looking in that direction at that particular time.

Gardening is a faith filled past time for many of us. After all, we have faith that every spring our garden plants, seeds and other things come alive again in the spirit of Mother Nature. We have faith in each other that we all enjoy each other gardens no matter how small or large they may be. We have faith that even after quarter century blizzards come roaring over the horizon, that spring is "only" a few short months away. I have faith in my garden and often times I find faith is directed by those who are around me. My children, husband, family and friends. I find that the words of wisdom which are often filled with more simple wisdom then I can comprehend at times, comes from those voices that come from behind me as my children discuss some seemingly minute detail in passing, as we are driving down the road to visit family and friends. They often see things that as I get older, I no longer see quite as clearly as they do.

Family is the one main reason why I garden and it is supported often by my friends who understand that gardening is a passion at the same time that it is a borderline addiction. There is always that one item that I don't yet have or something that I saw in another's garden the day before that becomes the next thing I just have to have. It is a blessing and a faith filled walk with friends on hot summer days while we walk through gardens together and see the little things that I am increasingly too busy to 'stop and smell the roses'. They see this; invite me over for a little down time to enjoy what has been placed in front me that I have forgotten to look for.

Gardens inspire me, invite me and help me to become a more complete person which is something that is not always understood by others who are not so intoned to the act of gardening as others are. Yes, weeding is an uncomplimented chore that many of us see it as just that but often times while we are weeding in the garden, we are also weeding out some of those things in our life that have no place there in the first place. The song of a bird, the bug in the grass or wind blowing gently on a hot July day, these are all things to be thankful for. These things we take on faith that they will be there each and every growing season while we enjoy all of the rich aspects of a garden.

Please enjoy your holiday with your family, friends and neighbors and keep the spirit of the holiday.

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