Cottonwood loves to share its land with the community. Presently there are over 50 garden plots in the Soul Garden as well as a prayer labyrinth, picnic areas, walking paths, honey bees. All are welcome to apply for a plot of land and join in the gift of working the ground and sharing in its bounty and goodness. We invite you to become Soul Gardeners!
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The SOUL Garden is giving up its bounty. Look for lots of zucchini, beans, fresh eggs, and the start of vine-ripened tomatoes. All donations are given to local food charities. We also have tote bags available for $ 4.00 with the SOUL Garden logo. Makes toting home your Sunday vegies so much easier. Gardeners of the Month for July were Dee Dee & Larry Simer and LaVar & Georgia Swensen. Look for the “Golden Shovel” and you’ll appreciate all their hard work. Their gardens and the Neighborhood boxes are alive with great produce and really colorful flowers. Great job! You will (no doubt) see some major changes at the labyrinth. The iris and tiger lilies have been thinned out and replanted. More changes are in the works – but in the meantime, please forgive our dust as we redo the plantings and make some other improvements.
SOUL LABYRINTH – Jeremiah 6:16 – “Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.”
The garden behind the church has been enhanced with a prayer path called a Labyrinth. Unlike a maze, which has many paths and dead ends, a labyrinth has only one path leading from the outside to the center and back out again. The way in is finding awareness of the presence of God as we go through interior reality, past confusion and chaos of the daily word. Reaching the center, we find wholeness, completion through Christ, which is the heart and center of Christian life. Finally, the labyrinth offers a way out, a path of renewal as we come back into the world to continue our life’s work.
The labyrinth is meant to be walked pensively and prayerfully, in the spirit of guidance, peace, transformation, connection, inspiration, and hope.
Reprinted from the Courier August 2007. Thanks to several former members as well as Felicia Graves, George Katz, Nadine Geist McAlister, Janet Lake and Kelsey Schwab who helped with the construction.