Dear Sabbath Seekers,
Here in the Atlanta area they are planting winter gardens. Bed after bed of pansies is being put into the ground and as a Northern girl I find this fascinating and odd! In my mind this is the time of year to put the flower beds, well, to bed. Once the Spring bulbs have been planted, those of us in the colder climates won’t be enjoying flowers until the first buds pop up many long months later. We can only dream of flowers or visit a flower shop or conservatory from November through March if we want to be surrounded with fresh blossoms.
Not so in the South. Pansies are springing up all over and their yellows, purples, oranges and blues are vibrant against the Fall sky and gorgeous in the Fall sunshine. I am told they are a hardy flower and will bloom all winter. The idea of a winter garden is new and gives me a new way of thinking of winter.
And I think I will plant me a winter garden too! How about you?
I’m not sure if I will use pansies but I do know that being surrounded with freshness, light and color is important for my spirit and there is no reason to forego that in the winter even if you live in a snowbelt.
Being intentional about making a place for beauty in your life is a way of making a place for God in your life. When we surround ourselves with beauty, we surround ourselves with God who, as the author of all the beauty in the world, is present in these beautiful moments.
So for your Sabbath Moments this week create your own winter ‘garden’. Make a space just for your senses using things that are beautiful to you. Then spend time there every day thanking God for the beauty, bounty and blessing of this earth for your mind, body and soul. Rest in that refreshment. Be filled up and be grateful.
“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it according to the various kinds.’ And it was so…And God saw that it was good.” Gen. 1.11ff