As I fill another barrow-load of topsoil to build up the raised beds and borders ready for another year of growing in the Community Garden at St Mark’s, I wonder why on earth I’m doing it. Let’s face it, I’ve got my own garden at home and even an allotment, which should be more than enough to satisfy my passion for gardening!
After the service last Sunday (even before refreshments), Wyatt Leigh and Isabel joined me in the garden to cut the pumpkins, all fourteen of them! Wyatt Leigh has watched the progress of his two pumpkins right from sowing the seeds, to planting them out, watering and proudly watching them grow. Now he’s harvesting them and looking forward to carving them as Halloween lanterns, hopefully saving some seed to dry for next year and maybe even making soup or pumpkin pie for bonfire night.
On Tuesday, Wilf and Esme from the Under Fives Group toddled over to the garden with Mums and Grannies to pick runner bean pods for drying so they could save the beans to sow next year. The look of wonder on their faces as they popped open the bean cases to discover the shiny seeds inside and as they stood at the door of the greenhouse to cradle one of the beautiful orange pumpkins, was a real joy.
That’s why we do it! It’s about caring and nurturing, about giving and receiving gifts, about trusting and being rooted in a God who is faithful and will not let us down. That’s a good enough reason for me.