#fridayfootprints – Friday 12th July 2019

Every part of being a gardener is focused on our training to be ‘Samaritans’.

Gardening is about caring for plants and the environment and all that this entails. Every element of the work involved provides gardeners with the lessons required to be what a Samaritan is supposed to be.

In Africa, we have a saying: “Umuntu Ngumuntu Ngabantu”, which can be translated as “a person is a person because of (or through) other people”. Man cannot be man with hu(man)ity. This is the African concept of Ubuntu and a wonderful description of the Samaritan(ism).

As with humanity, plants (and animals) do not exist in isolation in the environment. They need each other and depend on one another. And they all need a gardener!

Does the stake support the tree, or does the tree give new meaning to the stake? The common feature is that they are bound through a love knot of support. A ‘Samaritan’ knot. A knot of love.

This is the lesson that the Master Gardener gives freely and the very reason for our creation. ‘Love’ was always the foundation of His grand plan and why I am always in awe gardening with God!

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