Gardening God, who patiently works in Grace in our lives:
-till our soil;
-pick up the rocks of selfishness and fear;
-plant seeds of hope, mercy, and compassion;
-and harvest from us a crop of service in love.
Jesus, take us to your garden:
-Where suffering with you our sweat drops
–water the hopes and dreams of those in poverty, pain, silence.
-Where dying with you we join the compost heap
–fertilizing the blessings that generations to come will inherit.
-Where rising with you in glory
–We bask in the sunshine of your grace and love.
Spirit, lead us in suffering and glory to follow our Lord, Amen.