My new herb garden and the aroma of life

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mowing my parents home yesterday morning

Yesterday I took advantage of the cool temperatures and delay in the rains to do some yard work. I mowed our grass, then moved over to my parents house next door. My muscles may ache this morning but the work felt good at the time.

I am not a gardener. I love the garden; I run a good lawnmower; I haul bags of potting soil and dig where directed; I rake and bag and mulch and water; I spray weeds and fight ants. But I’m not a gardener.

IMG_3116I do, however, like to cook; and I have long held the dream of maintaining a small, container based, herb garden. I’ve done some research; I know what I want; I’m optimistic that the herbs I have chosen will stand a better chance than they did in Florida; we checked out some examples.

Then, yesterday, Rebekah created my herb garden!

Right there on the deck, just a step or two away from the kitchen, Rebekah arranged, filled, planted, and prayed over my very own herb garden. I have oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, two varieties of basil, and two of parsley, Yes, it’s a veritable Simon and Garfunkel song out there.

The garden is built around a tower of pots – we got that idea at Logan’s, downtown Raleigh – plus we have a couple of extra pots sitting alongside. The aroma is more than simply pleasant, it’s inspirational; it makes me want to get out the cookbooks and see what’s possible.

IMG_3113CAN I GET A WITNESS? One of the more unusual ideas used to describe how followers of Jesus communicate the good news of faith in and through the way that we live is “the fragrance that comes from knowing him…” The reference can be found in the following passage from 2 Corinthians 2:14-17:

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not peddlers of God’s word like so many; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence.

IMG_3105We are not “peddlers of God’s word,” but instead we are “a fragrance from life to life.”

I want to be like my new herb garden. I want to give off the fragrance of life, a message of hope and of promise in a world that is constantly in dire need of both.

– DEREK

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