At the beginning of the Creation story, there lies a garden. It was a place of life. It was a place of work. And for the first two people in the story, it was home. 

We still have gardens today but nothing like THE garden. And in the same way that Adam and Eve became disconnected and removed from their home, we too often separate ourselves from our roots of the earth.

But the garden and the earth from which it comes has much to teach us as Advent people. It is from these sacred places that the things that bring life spring up. But first, we must bury our hopes into the ground, into the darkness, unseen. We watch, as earth covers up the seeds of our hope. And we wait. 

We wait for rebirth that comes as the days get longer and light grows. We wait for the fruit of our labors to blossom. We wait for the birth of a newborn child. We wait. 

We tend. We care. We hope. And we wait. The garden teaches all of this to us. It’s no wonder that this is where the creation story is situated. There is much for us as Advent people to be thankful for in the story of the garden and in the earth from which it springs. 

VERSE: Genesis 2:8-9 8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Prayer: O God of the garden, we thank you for the earth beneath us and all the life it gives. We give thanks for the lessons of the garden, and ask for help in tending to those lessons. Help us to care for all things of the garden, and those who depend on its gifts, with patience, attentiveness and grace.