The spring garden catalogues are filling my mailbox and I enjoy leisurely paging through the offerings. I am beginning to make choices for additions to my garden. God has given us an amazing variety plants and fruit bearing trees and bushes.
Before long tulips and lilies will begin to poke through the soil in my flower bed. When the warm weather comes, lilacs and peonies will add a sweet scent to the air.
Currants will be the first berries to ripen, closely followed by strawberries and raspberries. The tart red currants and the abundant raspberries provide an afternoon of delight for the grandchildren. The littlest ones have asked in the middle of winter, “Do you have raspberries in your yard?” The hope expressed on their faces makes me smile.
This little poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow took my thoughts in a new direction. What if I thought of relationships in terms of a garden?
Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots.
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
Take care of your garden and
Keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine,
Kind words and kind deeds.
This poem expands the meaning of fruitful, my word for 2016.