Gardening basics for the soul

Print Article

Rev. Walter Klockers

The term “gardener” is an active word. It calls for one to continually work at the craft.

Yesterday morning, I took a brief stroll through the gardens that surround the parsonage. In doing so, I saw wonders for the discerning eye.

New plants are pushing up out of the earth. I am especially interested to see how the Siberian Iris does. I must be patient. Their blooms are well worth the wait. When I witness them unfolding I will share the good news.

Each year the landscape of the gardens change. I am in the habit of trying new things to see how they grow. Last year, this included a variety of native buckwheat. It developed in ways I hadn’t anticipated.

There are plants that are divided and transplanted. I did this a few weeks ago with a small lilac. Part of it had died in the winter we had a couple of years back. The surviving portion struggled to prosper. Now, it is new life from death.

I took the time to tape over holes in the metal structure that was built over the south side garden. I did so with weatherproof foil tape. It was a mild winter. There likely will be more wasps this summer and I wish for them to build their nests elsewhere. They do eat insect pests though. Some things can be both beneficial and troublesome, a mixed blessing.

For a garden to reach its full potential there needs to be proper tending.

I am a Christian. For me, this means that “I know the answer is Jesus.” It is a given. I believe that you already know that I know this answer; and everything flows from this quite naturally.

Instead, my thing is “now what?” That’s why I write in this manner. It is to show that religion and spirituality should not be compartmentalized. There are opportunities to see the landscape differently — through a lens of faith.

Gardening also serves as a metaphor for me. It describes the many blessings and challenges that may come with an active faith; however, it does take “new eyes” to see through this lens.

Each paragraph above is an unfinished parable describing aspects of such faith. Insert yourself into each of them. See if one or more may apply to your life in Christ, ask questions, struggle, celebrate, and see where they may lead.

May your faith grow, prosper and blossom.

Walter is pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and has served as parish pastor for 30 years.

Print Article

Read More Religion

3 cats on a sunlit carpet

June 15, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Over the past few months, there have been changes in our household. Our daughter has temporarily moved in with us. She has a cat named Shadow, whom she rescued off the streets of Port Angeles. He is ...


Read More

Revisiting predestined ‘Days of Future Past’

June 08, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald What music comes to mind when you think back in time? One of the songs that I loved was part of the album, “Days of Future Past,” by the Moody Blues. It was released in 1967. The concept of the albu...


Read More

Taking another look at the Messiah

June 01, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald Mark 8: 22-26: “They came to Bethsaida. Some people brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village; and when he had put sal...


Read More

Communing with nature: the second step

May 25, 2018 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald I was talking with someone recently. He believes that God is the author of all things – from the beauty of nature to our flesh and bone bodies. I would agree. He shared that people should be mindful...


Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2018 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy