Most readers are looking forward to warmer weather ahead.
Bulbs are starting to pop out of the ground, forsythia are starting to bloom, and with more sunshine, flowers may sprout in the least likely places. If you’re still above the soil, you have much to be grateful for.
Around the world, times are sadly different. Sunshine has been replaced with gloom and the safety of family members are in question. Plants may be watered with tears.
My hope for our communities is that those of us who are alive and free, speak up for those who can’t speak, share with those without, and pray for those who can pray no longer.
The seasons of change are different this year. Life has changed in a few weeks for millions of innocent people.
As I plant the garden this year, I will be planting seeds of hope.
Seeds that will grow not by random plantings, but by planting intentional seeds of being a better husband, a better father, a better son, and a better neighbor.
Seeds which bear fruit that I can share with others who are in despair and need help. Seeds which bear fruit of faith, hope and love. If we do not have love, then our seeds are like hollow gourds, which on appearance look nice, but produce no substance.
This spring will be a little different for Lynn and I as well, as we have decided it is time to pursue our next phase in life. We will share more later in the season.
We hope you will stop in and say hello, it might just be a goodbye as well. Happy planting!
PHOTO CAP: Lynn and Steve Castle, owners of Castle’s Garden Center.