Hebrews 13:6 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Earlier this summer my husband and I took a drive out in the country to deliver an antique scale he was giving to a friend of his. I had not met the gentleman or his wife before but my husband had told me all about them. He said I would be in awe of their home and gardens. He was right. They had a unique collection of items and a flair for putting objects together in an interesting way. Part of the house was a log cabin they had moved and reassembled. It was beautiful inside and out. It was chock full of antiques. I enjoyed viewing the house but as we were looking around I kept glancing out the window at the gardens. They were gorgeous.
After our tour of the house as the men visited on the porch the lady asked if I would like to look around her gardens. I jumped at the chance. As we headed out she turned back and said, “Oh wait, let me get my digger.” As we toured her gardens she was most generous, offering me “starts” of any plants I wanted. She had many perennials that I already had growing in my garden but as I scanned her beautiful gardens I spotted several plants that were new to me. It was so much fun. We did not even know each other but we were both gardeners at heart, kindred spirits enjoying nature. “Oh, would you like some of this black fountain grass?” and “Hey, do you have any Spiderwort?” I noticed that her Hollyhocks had the same brown spots on them mine had this year. “Yes, she said, it’s a blight, they need to be pruned back so they can start over. Clip them clear down to the base and watch what they do.” It was so much fun to look and talk and dig. She was as happy to share as I was to have the new plants. After we had everything gathered up she went to her shed and got some old pots. She watered everything real good and put the pots in plastic bags for the trip home. My husband just shook his head when I rounded the corner with my goodies. As we were leaving I told her I would return the favor if she ever came to my garden and saw something new. It was a wonderful day; A day of nature and sharing and new friendships.
I did not go to this home to get anything. I went because my husband was giving something away. We were supposed to be the givers yet in giving we received a blessing as well. My visit to her home was a wonderful adventure. She did not neglect to do good. She did not hesitate to share. Her sacrifice blessed me and I know it pleased God.
A 12th Century Prayer
Oh Lord Jesus,true gardener,work in us what you want of us,
For you are indeed the true gardener, maker and tiller and keeper of your garden.
You who plant with the word, water with the spirit and give your increase with your power.
Cisterician Guerric of Igny 12th century
Contributed by Marge McCoy