When You Garden You Grow
“Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce.” Proverbs 3:9
Here on the urban homestead, our connection with the land and caretakers of creation we celebrate the blessings of First Fruits.
A Backyard Analogy
“Most simply stated, “First-Fruits Giving” can be likened to picking the very first ripe, red, juicy, Jersey tomato of the season off your vine and offering… to the (Creator) who brought it forth from seed, with praise and thanksgiving for all the harvests of the past and with a sure confidence and faith that before the season is over, your vine will yield an abundant crop.” — New Jersey Synod Resource 4 Development Team 2003
Gardening is not a solo job – you rely on a realm beyond your understanding and faith that hard work will bring forth results. But there’s more to that than dirty fingernails and sore backs. It’s about giving back and we implement that practice by “tithing” our first fruits, returning them to the soil from which they came.
Gardening brings us a certain appreciation of our place here on earth, rooting us to the fact that “by the sweat of our brow” we “reap what we sow”