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Garden Goodies

Garden Goodies

Tom, my husband, plants a garden every summer. During the winter/spring months, he looks through seed books and begins planning what he wants to plant in our garden.

He really enjoys planting the seeds or plants and watching the garden goodies grow and develop. He spends many hours weeding the garden, and watering it when it gets really hot and rain becomes sparse. It’s hot, hard work, but it’s also relaxing and rewarding with fresh veggies to eat, cook, and to put up for the winter months. We’ve already eaten some radishes and picked raspberries and leaf lettuce and chives.

Our friend, George Lacy, plants a big garden every year, too, and I’m sure George – like Tom – spends many hours planting, weeding, watering, and caring for his garden.

On Sunday mornings here at Spiceland Friends during the summer, many of us look forward to coming into the Welcome Center at the church to see what garden goodies George and Barbara Lacy have brought in to share with everyone. George grows the biggest heads of cabbage and watermelons I’ve seen!

Whatever produce George and Barbara don’t use or freeze/can for the winter, they bring to church on Sunday morning and set out on a table in the Welcome Center. George sets out a jar and some plastic bags – plastic bags for us to use to take home goodies from his garden, and a jar to drop in a monetary donation. There are no set prices. You just donate whatever money you want and take the produce you’d like to have.

George and Barbara donate all the money to our building fund. It’s a wonderful way to share their garden goodies with all of us and a wonderful ministry to help the church.

I know there are a number of people in our church who also plant and nurture vegetable gardens or beautiful flower gardens each year.

Lucretia Mott – An early Friend/Quaker – once wrote: “Those who go forth ministering to the wants and necessities of their fellow beings experience a rich return, their souls being as a watered garden, and a spring that faileth not...”

She was saying that when we help others and help to meet the needs of the people around us, that there is a lot more going on than just helping and ministering to others! She said that when we minister to those around us, that our hearts and souls are like a garden that is watered or like a spring that doesn’t run out of water.

It’s true, isn’t it? We help someone in need, only to discover that we, too, are blessed, and not only are the people we help blessed, but our hearts and souls are like a watered garden or a spring that keeps giving fresh water.

As Friends, we believe that each one of us is called to be ministers – each one of us is called to share God’s love with those around us and to help meet the needs of those that are hurting or in need. We can’t meet every need, but God empowers each of us to make a difference in the world around us. And just as Tom and George and many others in our church who enjoy gardening, we will discover rich returns and our souls to be watered and refreshed by God.

I don’t know about you, but I want to be like a “well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail”!

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:11



Cathy Harris ovalCathy finds great joy in serving as co-pastor at Spiceland Friends Church and in ministering alongside the wonderful folks in our church family. She loves music and enjoys singing, playing the piano, and dabbling a bit on the mountain dulcimer, autoharp, and lap harp. She enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her husband, Tom, their children, and her granddog, Jack. Her greatest desire is to serve God with all her heart.

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