Sunday, April 08, 2007

ResurrectionPutting the Pieces Back Together

Written on April 8, 2007 (Easter Sunday) 6 ½ weeks after the fire

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust (and fire) destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for your selves treasures in heaven . . . For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matt 6:19-21 “Therefore do not worry, saying ‘what shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ . . . For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matt 6:31-34

“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted . . . To comfort all who mourn . . . To give them beauty for ashes . . . The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness . . . the planting of the Lord that He may be glorified. And they shall rebuild the old ruins, they shall raise up the former desolations. And they shall repair the (damaged farm)”. Isa 61:1-4

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God . . . For as the earth brings forth its bud, As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isa 61:10-11

It seems only fitting that I write this post on Easter Sunday. Easter is a special day with a special theme—the regeneration of new life and hope out of suffering and loss, as exemplified by the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Old things have passed away and new things are taking their place. Most of the artifacts of our past life and memories are gone. We are replacing some of them with the things most essential for the continuation of a purposeful and productive life. The half finished packing shed and pole barn will be completed. Another house will be built. Five days after the fire we signed up more than 60 renewing and new CSA shares. The trials of the past weeks have undoubtedly changed us emotionally and perhaps spiritually. We have been deeply touched by the compassion and generosity of our neighbors and friends from family, church, CSA, Kurdish, and Internet communities. These communities represent broad diversity in culture, values, wealth, religion, and political orientation, yet they are united in supporting us in a time of need. It behooves us to continue supporting them (and those who have not yet helped us) with our energies and resources as God has blessed us. As God so loved us that He gave His only Son that we may have eternal life, so we must love our God with all our soul, heart, and mind and our neighbors as we love ourselves.

I now write a brief summary of what has happened over the past few weeks.

• We have procured a used Chevrolet work van, a new all terrain vehicle, and the most essential hand and power tools needed for the continuation of our farm work and business.
• Two volunteer community work days have occurred at our farm, one on Saturday March 3 to get most of the new packing shed constructed and under roof and a greenhouse rebuilt, and another on Saturday March 31 to clean up garden, dismantle trellises, do more work on the packing shed, and assemble the framework for a field high tunnel.
• A community benefit concert was held at a local Unitarian Universalist church on March 17 to raise money for our farm and for the church.
• Demolition of the house site has been completed and assessment has been made of what can and cannot be done to rebuild. We are in process of trying to decide how and what we are going to rebuild.
• Members of the Kurdish community have visited in our rented home and they organized a community potluck picnic at the Singers Glen community center on March 25.
• Peas, fava beans, onions, spinach, herbs, lettuce, kale, and broccoli have been planted in the field. The field has been limed and soil tillage has been underway in preparation for more planting in the coming weeks. Tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, and onions are thriving in the greenhouse.
• The first day of our farmers’ market was held on a very chilly, windy, and snowy April 7. The temperature didn’t get above freezing until the afternoon. I sold over wintered spinach, water cress, eggs, and bagged compost. Considering the kind of morning it was with a low turnout of customers, I couldn’t complain (much).
Posted by Picasa

No comments: