By now the tender plants and fruits of the summer have gone their way. Only the hearty, the thick skinned, the resilient remain. The pumpkins and squash can withstand a certain amount of cold, wind, rain, and light frost. The dense coverings and orange meat protect the seeds and promise of a future. We’ve been warned that we do not live on the earth but in it. Like the protecting shells of late fall fruit, we must prepare and protect our hopes for the future. No longer can we tear the world apart to make our fire. One day heat and warmth, light and hope must come from deep within ourselves. We live in and learn from the earth. We may not fully understand the present and the future is yet more mysterious, but what we hope for is deep within and is worth protecting.
By Judy Kramer, OSB