Still Gardening

by Melodius Monk

I had to do some pruning today, cutting back tall stalks whose once-beautiful dark purple flowers are now brown, ugly and dry. Embarrassingly, I felt sad, pausing to make sure I really needed to cut these withering stems down to the ground. I’d already waited a few days hoping they weren’t really dead, (maybe they’d have a second life!) but with things only looking deader daily it was time for them to go.

Now pruned, the garden looks better, crisper and cleaner. I got to thinking about how human this reaction is, not wanting to prune. We don’t always like to get rid of  “dead”  things, like sins for example. We probably all know of a particular sin that should go, but it’s our nature to procrastinate the pruning, which can be painful, and we try to find another way. Perhaps God is trying to teach me something about life through the garden. Seasons come and go, and cutting back the flowers reminds me that it takes faith and action (even pruning) to produce the best new fruit.


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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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