Sabbath Moments in My Garden


 

For me, gardening helps me relax as I allow the Spirit of God to heal and soothe my inner spirit. It is the perfect way to let go of distractions to prepare to receive even more of God’s Presence.

( All the photos in this article, including the header, were taken at our home)

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Two weeks ago we had another snow storm up here in Canada but the last few days have been almost 20C- about 68F, I think. I have been able to start cleaning up all the fallen branches and started pulling the dead leaves from my perennials

Those who labour in the earth are the chosen people of God.
Thomas Jefferson

I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God, it would be in a garden at the cool of the day.
 F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

 

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Colossians 1:16-17

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

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Have you noticed how people crave the outdoors? It doesn’t matter what the excuse, it can be anything from a simply walk, vigorous sports or lazy sunbathing, but people need to get out of buildings and connect with nature., even if they think they are not religious or even spiritual. There is  deep yearning in all of us to connect with God and the easiest place is outdoors, especially in the silence.

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Almost any garden,
if you see it at just the right moment,
can be confused with paradise.

 Henry Mitchell

People never meant to live surrounded by concrete.  In nature, there is a vital rejuvenating energy which restores and heals our emotions and our inner spirits.We connect  easiest with the Spirit of God in nature because He is most accessible and visible there. Even if we can’t express this concept, some unconscious part of us pushes us out the door. Probably this explains why children love to play outside  as well primitive man’s spirituality.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 

II. THE STAGES OF REVELATIONIn the beginning God makes himself known

54 “God, who creates and conserves all things by his Word, provides men with constant evidence of himself in created realities. And furthermore, wishing to open up the way to heavenly salvation – he manifested himself to our first parents from the very beginning.”6 He invited them to intimate communion with himself and clothed them with resplendent grace and justice.

I can’t wait to get outside and into my gardens every day. We are fortunate to live on seven acres, with a creek, meandering gardens, a field of clover and lots of trees, deciduous and pine. I sense God’s Spirit in nature.  His Presence softens my heart for communion with the Paraclete, my inner Companion.

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The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15

Sometimes it occurs to me that I am fulfilling the edict from God to Adam and Eve to take care of the beautiful garden He had created on earth.

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Adam Boras Domingo, studying to be a priest, related this anecdote on one of my blogs, motherofnine9.

I remember the very first weekend I had in our seminary, one of the Indian  brothers asked me to remove my sandals as we work on the garden. When asked why, he explained that we are meant to be one with nature and that It’s our natural calling. Though he wasn’t really clear in his explanation, I sort of understood what he was trying to say.

Adam aunnamed-32nd Eve didn’t have slippers.

There is a deep wisdom in this anecdote; I always end up peeling off gardening gloves so I can feel the warm earth against my skin.

Adam and Eve didn’t wear gardening gloves either.

 

The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for him there.

 George Bernard Shaw

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At the heart of gardening there is a belief in the miraculous.
Mirabel Osler

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Why try to explain unnamed-19miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden. 
Robert Brault

One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
than anywhere else on earth.

by Dorothy Frances Gurney

 

connecting with theology is a verb

 

8 thoughts on “Sabbath Moments in My Garden

      1. Sigh…..I wouldn’t, too. Last year, I dreamed of such a space. A stone house, with slopes of thick green grass that whispered under your feet, bordered by trees. My children played out till late, giddy with the joy of so many places to hide in, so much space to skip across. I’ve never forgotten that dream. In reality here, we have much less space but enough so my kids know about planting their own little roses, about the various birds that come here to rest, the joys of fruiting season…and the must of raking leaves!! I’m not sure if we could have taught them all they know now had we not had this little garden of ours. I’m not sure if I would have been the same person without this green expanse to gaze across, without the scent of jasmines weaving through the misty sunrise. God gave us our little green paradise, and in it we found Him.

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