Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. – Genesis 2:8-9
While I was drinking coffee and reading my scripture, upwards of 30 Wake Forest Presbyterians made their way to our community garden, where they had a great time together harvesting sweet potatoes and the last of the tomatoes.
By the time I arrived the party was already in full swing. I really don’t believe there is a better devotional to share than these images of children, youth, and adults of all ages working together to feed Wake Forest residents experiencing food insecurity.
God did an amazing job planting this garden in the northeast corner of our church property, and such a phenomenal increase has been granted, yield upon yield that has far outstripped the expectations of those who faithfully till the soil.
This is the gospel, this is the good news. That we have enough, and that when we remember how we have been created to live in community as God’s children, then there is plenty for everyone.
Have the best-ever weekend, friends. Live as God’s children and also live out the truth of the gospel of love.
– I hope to see you in church tomorrow. – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.