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Soul Gardening

Last weekend we enjoyed my sister’s garden.  Six week ago she left us for heaven, but the she left here garden is bearing fruit.  Her husband and friends are tending it now, lest she frown from heaven on our neglect of what she loved!  Her siblings and children gathered, and we ate the fruit of her vegetable plants, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes like nothing you can buy in the supermarket cooler.  

 

We laughed and cried together, savoring memories and comforting one another.  We peeked in her greenhouse and took joy from her flowers.  There were prolonged hugs and deeper sharing than we’ve known before… fruit of another garden: the Life-giving garden of Linda’s soul.  

 

Good gardening requires realism, a hallmark of Linda’s life.  Hard soil must be torn open to receive moisture and nutrition.  Weeds must be confronted and uprooted.  There’s hard work to do.  Then joy and laughter can grow.  

 

Sunday afternoon we discussed from 2 Corinthians 1 how we each receive and give comfort.  And we gave one another permission to each walk in our own way through the valley of the shadow of death described in Psalm 23.  And we tacitly agreed to keep “tending our gardens”.  

 

What are you learning about tending your garden when things are hard?

 

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