Photo by the amazing Holly Wolsey Soper

God put us in the garden of Eden, the original edible schoolyard, to till it and keep it.

And God said, “Eat freely -- freely! -- of every fruit of every tree in the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

We are here, in other words, to make things grow, to till and to keep God's good earth, and to be modest enough to respect our own limits, not to play God, but to play.  To freely eat.  To enjoy the garden of delight (in Hebrew, "Eden" likely means "delight").  To serve the earth, to guard and protect it, and to always remember that we are made of it -- nothing more, nothing less.

Dear God, help us to be just big enough for our britches -- but no bigger.  And help us make things grow.  Sugar snap peas, carrots, forgiveness, delight.  The good stuff.  Amen.

Tell us, what's growing in your garden these days?