To Our Readers

Each spring for the last few years, I've planted a small vegetable garden. Just the basics. Some lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, beans. Maybe some squash. This year, I added onions.

There are a few simple rules. Plenty of sunlight. Rich soil. Water ... And the stuff grows. Of course, there's a little weeding to be done. And you need to keep an eye out for pests. (Last season, when I wasn't watching, cutworms feasted on the tomato plants.)

It would be nice if the growth in our own lives—the spiritual growth—were like that. (Not the part about the cutworms!) Yet maybe the rules aren't all that different. Plenty of light from God. Nourish with prayer, and water with love the good seed in our hearts. Get rid of the weeds and pests—selfishness, envy, meanness, criticism, and so on. And our life grows. We come closer and closer to God until we see that we've never actually been separated from Him for a moment. We discover real purpose in our lives. We find real freedom.

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July 27, 1998

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