Urban Garden Denver Blog

Season to Pause

This is the quiet season for the garden. While we are intent on Christmas preparations, the outside sleeps under the snow this weekend in Denver. Perhaps as a gardener, I should take my cue from the earth, and focus on rest and quiet in this season.

In America, the weeks before Christmas are full of many choices of activities, but in the liturgical calendar, Advent is a time of pause and preparation for the coming of Jesus. It is a time of waiting for the hope that is coming. I experienced the first day of Advent in a profound way last weekend in Nogales, Mexico, during an Advent mass held in “el comedor,” a soup kitchen for deported migrants. Those who left their homes in search of economic opportunity had their hopes dashed by deportation. Their physical need is more obvious and profound than my need, and yet at the core of my being, the trappings of security that I possess cannot give me ultimate hope. So in Advent, in hoping for the coming of Jesus, we find solidarity and community. We all hope for relationship with God, we all hope for peace in our souls, we all hope that our waiting will bring the promise.

As I paused to notice the beauty in my sleeping garden yesterday, the patterns of the snow on my flagstone patio were striking. I know that the source of beauty is from God, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11) May I pause in this season, and explore the beauty of creation and prepare my heart for hope.

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  1. * dan snyder says:

    just found this blog, so excited to follow along! thanks for the lesson in slowing down…and taking a minute to pause and reflect on the source of all beauty.

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 2 months ago
    • Glad to have you follow. I do tend to post more during the gardening season, but try to think through all the seasons.

      | Reply Posted 8 years, 2 months ago

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