Saturday, July 02, 2011

Are you religious?

Found this on the fabulous blog a nuns life...
“I am not religious,” says my neighbor, as he hoes the rows between his beans and corn.
“Oh yes, you are,” I say to myself.
To plant a seed is an act of faith.
To collect compost is a response of gratitude to the creator.
To water, fertilize, and mulch the ground is an expression of religious responsibility.
To kneel down and pull weeds is prayer.
To harvest is to participate in the fullness and grace of the spirit.
To protect and replenish creation is to love God.
“I am not religious,” says my neighbor.
Yes, you are, I say.
From: Into the Wilderness: A Meditation Manual by Sara Moores Campbell. Boston, MA: Skinner House Books, Unitarian Universalist Association, 1990


Tightwad Mom said...

I love, love, LOVE this thought! Planting a garden each year is definitely an act of faith and endurance. I am amazed every year when those tiny seeds spring out of the ground and start to grow. Producing veggies or every variety, and eventually, burying me in produce that feel morally obligated to preserve! Glorious!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Amanda said...

My husband says that the way I garden is one of the ways I show my faith in God. He says it because I have a tendency to plant things and then wash my hands of the situation (although I'm working to change that). It is true though that when I am out in the garden I am constantly reminded of the different parables of Jesus related to soil and things growing. Thanks for sharing.