Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A Fine Feast

Taking dominion is an uphill battle most days. On those days you have no control, no evidence of victory, it is especially discouraging. The deer have had a fine feast of our garden. The deer were able to scoot through our "deer fence" (which is to keep the deer in and the dogs out I have decided). They have decimated all my hard work. I lost two thirds of my carrots. They ate them tops and all except for the last two inches. Guess they got tired of nosing down so deep. They devoured the swiss chard. They consumed the head of the giant sunflower that had fallen. They dragged another down and inhaled the head, petals, seeds, and all. They ate all the dying bean plants, squash leaves and blossoms, chewed on the winter squash, and even gobbled the tomato leaves. They must have been ravenous. I have never seen them annihilate all these kinds of plants so completely in such a short time.

I decided today that there must be a very hard winter coming since they were in such a feeding frenzy. It helps me not be so upset to consider that God was using my garden to help them make it through the winter to come. But honestly, I was really fuming at God and wondering why they couldn't have consumed the lovely grasses in the field adjacent to the garden. Why they couldn't have gone down to the river, pond, or creek and eaten all the poison ivy (which my son informed me is one of their favorite delicacies). I mean, when God mentioned us bringing forth food but hindered by thorns, thistles, and sweat, He did not say the animals were going to be a problem too! Yet here they are eating all the food I planned for the family.

So, after calming down, going and digging up all the two inch carrot bottoms I could find, hauling in every last winter squash out there, and rescuing every green tomato left, I decided that God must have wanted all that labor for those animals. I mean, He does provide for the sparrows and lions and all those hind's feet too. If it has to be at my expense, then it is really His all along, right? I just hope He has a plan B for all that I was going to store for the family too. But it is really a down day for dominion taking at the caer. Have to start again tomorrow.

----posted by Queen Lucy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Christian Comfort

This from the Scottish Psalter and Church Hymnary (1929) and one of my absolute all time favorite poets:
"None other Lamb, none other Name,
None other Hope in heaven or earth or sea,
None other Hiding-place from guilt and shame,
None beside Thee.

My faith burns low, my hope burns low;
Only my heart's desire cries out in me,
By the deep thunder of its want and woe,
Cries out to Thee.

Lord, Thou art Life, though I be dead;
Love's Fire Thou art, however cold I be:
Nor heaven have I, nor place to lay my head,
Nor home, but Thee."

Christian Georgina Rossetti, 1830-1894

----posted by Queen Lucy