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A Prayer for the Garden

A Prayer for the Garden

Dear God, 

The wind moves through the grass

the birds welcome me with their songs

the sun kisses my head

and the garden waits in anticipation. 


Before the first seed is planted

before the water drenches the soil

before the sprouts burst through the ground

before flowers and fruit

the garden waits in anticipation. 


Your creation, Lord, is a gift

help me to honor this earth

and the animals and creatures that make their home here

help me to see your presence in the tiniest seed

help me to give thanks for your bounty with every turning of soil

help me to wait and wonder

for the new life that is to come. 


Teach me patience, Lord, 

as the sun and the water nourish the ground

as the roots take hold in the darkness. 


And as the garden grows, 

may my heart grow too

in newness and hope

in beauty and joy

in praise and glory to you. 


“For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garen causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.” -Isaiah 61:11

Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website, follow her work on Facebook, or sign up for her monthly newsletter.


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