Community is built and nourished by God.
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Community gardens seem to be springing up in every community, many of which are sponsored by churches. This is our community garden at Holy Cross. This is a place of community.
I watched this community at work a year ago. It was a Saturday and I was working at the church. For hours that day members of the community garden took wood chips and spread them around the raised garden beds.
Who are these people? They are people from our church and from the greater community. They are people of faith and people who might not have a faith. Yet they come together for one purpose, to grow God’s garden.
This cross, planted in one of the raised beds, is a reminder to all that it is God who gives the growth.
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.”
1 Corinthians 3:6 English Standard Version
Whether it is physical or spiritual food it is God who provides. It is God who gives the growth. It is God who produces the harvest.
This harvest is known in the community of God’s people. It is a harvest that is celebrated not merely by individuals, but by a community who knows that the garden belongs to God and it is God who reaps his harvest.
Text and Picture Copyright Douglas P Brauner