I’ve never been much of a gardener. I even had a hard time mowing the lawn in straight lines. However, there are a lot of analogies in the spiritual world to growth and harvesting. Hopefully I can learn to be a better gardener in that sense.

Our minds contain a harvest ready for the reaping. May we each find the key to unlock the door to an open mind, abounding in reason, logic, and clear constructive thinking.
May we nourish our souls so that they continue to grow and flourish. May our souls be the source of an inner vibrance of faith and hope that glows from within.
May our hearts remain open to receive the seeds of kindness, good deeds, pure thoughts, sympathy, courage and trust.
And may the flowers of peace and love bloom forever in each and every one of us.


Live without worry, work without hurry, and look forward without fear.
We lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that in a years’s time will be forgotten.
No life is incapable of changing for the better.


In these troubling times it is helpful to remember the words of Peter Marshall in what were very dangerous times.

“Good character is the habit of choosing right from wrong.”
“Help us as a nation to see that our strongest defense lies back in the home and school and church where is built the character that gives a free people the power to win their freedom and hold it.”
“Then shall we export more than money and arms, but the faith and idealism for which all who love liberty will be willing to live.”
And may I suggest:  We pray that we never act out of fear, and understand that goodness always survives.

Nations Into Your Fold

Often my words are inadequate, but on occasion I can find the right words written by someone else. As violence seems to intensify, people seem to be more and more divided, and the usage of the word “war” becomes more acceptable, here is a collect from The Book of Common Prayer:
“Oh God, you have made of one blood all the peoples of the earth and sent your blessed Son to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Grant that people everywhere may seek after you and find you; bring the nations into your fold; pour out your spirit upon all flesh; and hasten the coming of your kingdom….” (Page 100).