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Weavings Reflection: January 2024

Weavings is a monthly reflection that is the collective effort of the Wheaton Franciscan Covenant Companions and Sisters to provide spiritual nourishment that helps us feel God’s presence in daily living and invite an openness to God.

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Gifts from My Garden

by Carol Sejda, Covenant Companion

As we all hunker down during the fallow season of Winter, I am drawn to reflect on how blessed I have been during the past year.  One huge blessing came in the form of spectacular gifts from my garden.

I remember, but only in a glancing fashion, my toils and battles with the earth:  Enriching the soil with worm castings and mushroom compost, hauling and digging in new plantings, battling dreaded Japanese beetles, careful tending of wounded buds after storms and heartless pruning of spent flowers and branches.  It was a lot of back aching labor, but all benefiting my health and the health of the earth, our planet.

Instead, I choose to focus on the joy, that I believe St. Francis felt, seeing these treasures. And they are right outside my door! I want to share the beauty I experienced this past year in a pictorial essay of gifts from my garden.

My garden has showed me that true beauty has a foundation of love, prayer, and hard work. I give thanks and celebrate that Spring with all of its possibilities is close, and sure to have more blessings to discover in my garden.  

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2 thoughts on “Weavings Reflection: January 2024”

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    What beautiful photos Carol. I still cannot master gardening when no two spring or summer seasons seem the same. However I will try again when it warms up, maybe with a careful choice of local plants.

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    Your pictures are beautiful! What a collection With all the ice and snow now, the colors
    brightened my spirits! I have been told I have a “green thumb” but now I am nurturing
    three red poinsettias and a cactus, ,bromeliad, of three colors.
    Thanks for the temporary time in your garden.
    C. C. Georgene

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