I was asked to write a blessing for farms and gardens for early May – when we really start turning over more than just the pea and onion plots and start the growing season. I’d like to share it with you all. There might be some of you who would like to use it — maybe in your congregation or maybe in your backyard! If you do, it would be great if you can let me know that you do (and please cite me as author.) Thank you!
A Garden Blessing for Early May
Use this garden for your blessing – you, our Creator
Who gave us our identity:
We are mud
We are water
We are soil
We are Spirit
We are words.
We are altars to your grace,
Our labors in the soil are insufficient and
Our hopes for our daily bread rest in you.
Bless this land and those who labor in it,
Blessings so that the labor does no harm:
Blessings so that the toil is balanced with grace-gifts, the Mother’s milk:
Of rain and sunshine,
Of restful nights
Of fruitful harvest.
Blessings so that in a growing season, we come to understand you more,