Celebrating Easter and gardening have a lot in common. Take a moment and reflect. Easter is a time to rejoice and grow your faith. Remembering a joyous time that followed the hateful prosecution of a man. The horrors of followers being forsaken.
Mankind has always struggled, in its various faiths, to do its best.
When we do not succeed in our faith in one way, we try harder or find another path to grow in our faith. As gardeners, we are always doing the same. We put our faith in planting our seeds in the earth, always with the hope they will grow and nourish us as food or in their beauty.
I am not making light of our many religions, I am not making light of our gardening. I am saying that in this world we all have many faiths to live with and to grow - in our heart and in our gardens.
One time many years ago, while gardening beautiful, red geraniums in my front yard up North, a couple stopped by to show me the way of their faith and remind me of where I could be that Sunday morning.
I smiled and told them I might not be where some good people thought I should be, however, I was sure that I was right where I should be, growing and loving God's earth.
They were either happy about that or confused, not sure which one, but they continued on in their mission and I just continued on with mine.
Each of us at this time need not worry ourselves about what others are doing as we seek out faith and peace. There is plenty of room for all, and plenty of ways to be useful as we practice fellowship and peace with each other.
As you till the garden soil, watch for new ways to grow. Watch for ways to share what you harvest.
Be mindful in your Easter faith to till with a smile and compassion and share with others.
We can remember that all faith keepers and gardeners are not only those in well-kept plots, keeping the faith. It could be some are just slow in discovering what a good plot of earth can bring forth or that a strong faith can bring joy to their life.
You may not see me on Sunday morning, inside, or notice that my garden is not the neatest, but I am here. And I do not judge anyone else for their faith or their gardening.
It is a big Earth out here and it takes all kinds of people to keep it going.
Happy Easter and happy gardening till we meet again.
H.I. Jean Shields is Past President of the Garden Club of Cape Coral.