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Living God's Love...

.is an invitation to journey

It's an opportunity to discover new things about God, ourselves and the world, to look with fresh eyes and explore new ways.

In particular, it is a call to the parishes, schools and people of the Diocese of St Albans to Go Deeper into God,Transform Communities and Make New Disciples.

Click here for current Mission Action Plan (MAP)

How does your garden grow...?...

As I write this, springtime is coming to an end, and gardeners are in full swing planting and tending to their already growing plants and produce. I expect that by now, many readers will have been hard at work in the garden and/or allotment. Not to mention enjoying the many gardening shows on TV The highlight being the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Lately, I've been up to my elbows in soil planting flowers, shrubs and tomatoes, plus getting rid of all those annoying weeds!

It's difficult to be working among creation and not think of the Creator. God is the first, and the best, gardener. One of the very first Bible stories describes a desolate landscape. There is land and a stream to water the earth, but there are no plants or herbs. God forms the first human being, Adam, out of this earth (adamah). In other words, our identity is permanently tied to dirt. Is it any wonder that so many of us love gardening!

God then does another amazing thing. God plants a garden in a place called Eden and puts the human Adam there. Adam watches as God makes his garden grow. God created human kind specifically to help him tend that garden.

God does not end it there. Next, He creates, out of the same dirt, all kinds of animals and birds. Then God uses one of Adam's ribs to form a woman.

It was God who planted the first garden - and planted His first children in it.

God repeatedly uses soil to create plants, animals, and of course us.

Gardening is hard work - planting, pruning, and weeding. Striving to produce the best plants, the best flowers, and the best fruit. But what of the garden of our souls. Do we work as hard to cultivate ourselves to be the best possible person that God would want us to be?

I recently discovered this poem with a gardening analogy which might just help us to work with God to be a better version of ourselves.

Gardening God's Way

Plant three rows of peas:

 Peace of  mind Peace of heart Peace of soul

Plant four rows of squash:

Squash gossip Squash indifference Squash grumbling Squash selfishness

Plant four rows of lettuce:

Lettuce be faithful Lettuce be kind Lettuce be obedient Lettuce really love one another

No garden should be without turnips:

Turnip for meetings Turnip for serviceTurnip to help one another

Water freely with patience and cultivate love.

There is much fruit for your garden, Because you reap what you sow

To conclude our garden we must have thyme:

Thyme for God Thyme for study Thyme for prayer Thyme for each other Thyme for friends

(Author Unknown)

So, as my tomato plants grow, and I eventually come to dine on the delicious red fruit that my human hands have cultivated, I come to feel closer to my Maker. The first, and the best, The Master Gardener.

Debbie Hore

Associate Minister of Sawbridgeworth

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