Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, January, 2015

posted Dec 30, 2014, 7:53 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Dec 30, 2014, 7:53 AM ]

Looking Ahead To A New Year


As we come to the final days of December and the close of 2014, with another New Year close at hand, I’m looking ahead to what lies before us at the dawn of 2015. Some folks have already fled or will be fleeing to warmer climate, but I have little desire to join the snowbirds.” I’m thinking about the annual PA State Farm Show in Harrisburg in early January and those seed catalogues that arrive in the mailbox this season of the year. It’s time to consider now what bulbs to pot up for forcing indoors and starting any Amaryllis bulbs that may have been received as a gift for Christmas. And there are seeds to be ordered or started even now so that seedlings will be ready to go into the soil when the outdoor growing season arrives.

For myself, gardening is on my mind most of the year even though the ground outside may be frozen and covered with snow. I just love to observe and facilitate growth and new life whenever and wherever it may be nurtured. I suppose one would say that gardening has become and continues to be a major passion for me. There is, of course, a certain satisfaction in being in tune with nature and considered as “Having a Green Thumb.” But even better than that is seizing the occasion and opportunity to cultivate the human spirit.

 According to Dale Carnegie one of the failings of human nature is that we tend to put off living now because instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today, we dream instead of some magical rose garden beyond the horizon. There’s another saying that has a number of variations, but one of the more prevalent versions is attributed to William Wordsworth, the noted poet of the late 18" and early 19" centuries. His version goes like this: Your mind is a Garden, your thoughts are the seeds, the Harvest can either be Flowers or Weeds.”

 In respect to that sentiment consider this poem by Barbara Ryberg entitled If I Had Known.”

“If I had known how heavy was the heart

                 And that a word from me would lift the load,

I would have spoken comfort to that soul

     Who stumbled down life’s road.

Instead I passed him, deep in my own thoughts

    Nor noticed that his head was bowed with care

And that beneath the coldness of his eyes

     Lay helpless ---grim despair.

His soul was naked, and I clothed it not;

     Forgive me --- I forgot"


When I returned, I saw him lying there

     Too weak to listen, too far gone to care,

And with remorse, I heard my Saviour say,

     I am the One you failed to serve today.”


We all bear the responsibility as to whether we are harvesting flowers or weeds in life’s Garden. Otherwise we too risk hearing with remorse, I am the One you failed to serve today.”


George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries