Earth and work and heat

and sex and growth and weeds

and then:


Out of the dirt made of earth and sweat,

Out of the hope and trust and labor,

Comes the harvest promised to those

who live and love and bear fruit in God,

in loving surrender to the creative purpose,

with humility, humus, earthiness.


They shall go in and possess the land

in peace and joy and freedom,

in harmony and humility

with all of creation.

© 1996 Nancy R. Smith


(See also Fall/Fire, Winter/Wind, and Spring/Water in the series “Seasons”)


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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  4. Frank Ober says:

    An interesting poem. On reflection, I think of growing vegetables and also animals. And upon more reflection – babies! Reminds me of my early days out in the country planting gardens, raising chicken, goats, cows and children. And our growth as we did all that, how much we learned about what we did not know. And how much we still do not know or understand. We started a garden this spring, the first in many years for either of us. I seem to have more knowledge of what is entailed than she but we are trying to collaborate and have it be a joint project. Peace, Frank

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