When we taught the religious school kids about Tu Bishvat a couple of weeks ago, we had them plant parsley seeds in little cups because it’s entirely too cold here to plant anything outside. I brought the extra seeds home and planted them in a spare pot that I had, and the picture above shows their growth so far.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much joy I’ve experienced this week watching the green growth unfold from the brown dirt!! The green sprouts remind me:
- that spring, with its warmer days and new green leaves, is coming soon;
- that every seed’s germination into a plant, like every child’s birth, truly is a miracle;
- that, really, all of nature . . . our entire way of life on this planet . . . required a series of events that were improbable individually, making their combined occurrence nothing short of miraculous!!
This Shabbat, may we each find a moment to be humbled at the miracle that is Life, and may that realization make us more grateful for our blessed (though sometimes imperfect) existence…
Shabbat shalom, jen