Asparagus Season


A pleasant view from my table at Uncommon Grounds

We’ve spent a lot of time complaining about the weather this year in New England. So it felt like amazing grace to sit on the porch at Uncommon Grounds today, enjoying fresh asparagus and good conversation.

I spent many a summer in The Asparagus Capital of the World (Oceana County, MI) and so early asparagus season has always signaled to me the promise of summer, the easing up of the calendar, and the goodness of the earth. Here are some words from Julian of Norwich in celebration of patio seating, new asparagus, the cheerful waitress who served our lunch today, and all those in Watertown who are tending to bean sprouts and tiny tomato plants and other gardeny things.

Be a gardener.

Dig a ditch,

oil and sweat,

and turn the earth upside down

and seek the deepness

and water the plants in time.

Continue this labor

and make sweet floods to run

and noble and abundant fruits

to spring.

Take this food and drink

and carry it to God

as your true worship.


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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