Garden Revival, let’s get it right this time!
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Garden Revival – Let’s Do it Right This Time
Dear friends, brothers and sisters, several people at EHBC have asked me to begin a gardening ministry. Such a ministry could accomplish several purposes, but the greatest of these is to create a base of small groups seeking to reveal God in the garden. It would also create opportunities for parents and children to work together in producing something for the benefit of the whole family. As one young member of EHBC commented to me when she saw my garden, “You don’t have to go to the grocery store.” Well, we do have to go to the grocery store, but we can grow much of what we eat, have confidence that the food is safe and nutritious, and have surplus to share with neighbors and other friends.
In Genesis, we read that God placed Adam and Eve in a garden. That was intentional. The garden was where God provided for all their needs, and the garden was where He would come and spend time with them, and they would spend time with Him. After the Fall, Adam and Eve were put out of the garden where everything was provided, but Adam was told that he would eat “by the sweat of his brow”, in other words, he would have food for himself and Eve (and his family), but now he would have to work for that food. That situation still exists.
“Jesus said to his disciples: I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” ( John 15:1, - CEV) The garden is a great place to seek God, to meet with God, and to learn from God. “God's eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. That's why those people don't have any excuse.” (Romans 1:20 – CEV)
Let’s go to the garden to see what God has made, and let’s meet with Him there. Some people are already making plans to start vegetable transplants to share, some are interested in beginning community gardens, some in sharing their garden space with others, and some in sharing their time with people less fortunate than themselves. All can be sharing the Love of Christ in a gardening context.