All Things New

Amy Curran

Read: Revelation 21:1-22:5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” (v. 5) We began with the story of creation. Here we end with the proclamation of re-creation, the new heavens and new earth that are to come. John’s vision includes the picture of an abundant garden, offering life and sustenance and healing to the people. It is a land filled with the light and peace of God, and those who are …

Cultivation

Amy Curran

Read: Genesis 2:1-15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. (v. 15) If the conditions are ideal, summer is a wild time in a garden. Plants grow abundantly, demanding to be harvested. Tomatoes, okra, squash, beans, and peppers grow taller by the minute, resembling a jungle more and more each day. Weeds also grow in abundance, threatening to take over the garden’s boundaries like in wild places. …

Care of the Land

Amy Curran

Read: Deuteronomy 26:1-11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that the LORD your God has given to you. (v. 11) The ritual of thanksgiving in Deuteronomy 26 helped God’s people remember all that God had done for them. They gave a portion of their harvest back to God and told the story, once more, of their deliverance from Egypt. This spiritual practice had two components: the people gave because of all they had received, and they verbalized God’s …

Food

Amy Curran

Read: John 6:1-14 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. (v. 11) Every Saturday at my community garden, we host a workday followed by a potluck meal. It was lovely for us to have extra help doing larger tasks and preparing Saturday’s produce boxes. My favorite part, though, was the meal. After our work was accomplished, we gathered around the table and took one another’s hands. As a …

The Table

Amy Curran

Read: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. (v. 17) A friend of mine went to Ireland to do a master’s program in reconciliation. After a full year of studying relationships between Catholics and Protestants, as well as the latest theories and studies on reconciliation, I asked him what he’d found. His reply was surprisingly simple: “Get people eating together around a table.” He said, “When people eat together, they become family. When …