Saturday, June 22, 2013

Hymns & Gardens

Greetings,

It may sound like an odd combination, Hymns & Gardens, but this morning they joined in praise of God.  The hymn at our morning Liturgy of the Hours came from St. Hildegard of Bingen's explanation of creation's beauty praising God.  The poetic translation from Sr. Theresita Schenk gives a marvelous background to our increasingly lush (and well-rained) gardens and grounds.

Lettuce, dill and herbs, and tomatoes too!


"The Blowing Wind"

The blowing wind, the mild,
     moist air,
exquisite greening of grass
     and trees.
And in their beginnings and
     in their endings
they give to God their
     loving praise.







More tomatoes in the foreground with sweet potatoes
and melons in the back.  The peppers and eggplant,
still canned for protection from rabbits
and gophers, dot the middle.




All God's creation is awakened
by the resounding melody,
God's invocation of the Word,
Word manifest
     in every creature.
 









The orchard produce soaks in the sun and rain.



The blowing wind, the mild,
     moist air,
exquisite greening of grass
     and trees.
And in their beginnings and
     in their endings
they give to God their
     loving praise.






Plums and apples and apricots, Oh My!



Glance at the sun, the moon
     and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty
     of earth's greening.
What great delight
     God gives to humankind
with all these things,
     gracious gifts of God.





What began as a few vines for the cultivation
of a newly 'retired' sister quickly grew...her 26 vines
now provide homemade grape juice and
jellies for the sisters at the monastery.



The blowing wind, the mild,
     moist air,
exquisite greening of grass
     and trees.
And in their beginnings and
     in their endings
they give to God their
     loving praise.








The sisters' lawns have also grown green, lush...and oh so
tempting to the local rafter or gang of turkeys.



We invite you to take a moment today to reflect on the poetry of St. Hildegard and experience the beauty of creation where you are.  Hopefully, you too will see and celebrate the praise of God in the wind and greening and skies!

Blessings,

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