Spiritual Practice


Tom Arthur

Living in the suburbs can be lonely. I can drive up my driveway, click the garage door opener, and enter the garage and my house without ever talking to any of my neighbors.

devozine community garden


To break out of this routine, I decided to organize a community garden. I talked to some of my neighbors; and before long, twenty people were breaking ground. Some of them were kids from the neighborhood, who saw us digging in the dirt and came over to join us. One of those kids still comes out every time we’re working in the garden, and he will share the produce with the rest of us.

Having fresh produce to eat is great, but the best part about the garden is getting to know my neighbors. I actually drive through my neighborhood now and wave at people I know. Some walk their dogs past my house and stop to talk. We’re building community by digging one garden at a time.



“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.”
Jeremiah 29:5 (NIV)

The words of the prophet Jeremiah to God’s people long ago may be just as important for us to hear today.

Talk to your family and to your neighbors. Get started digging, planting, weeding, and harvesting a community garden.

—from devozine (May/June 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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