Being in New Hampshire provides me with a profound sense of home and place, and a growing sense of the hidden, a wealth of reflection on both joys and striving, not just for survival-although there is plenty of that-but for thriving. Here I can feel the natural rhythmic continuo of living each season both intuitively and consciously, for all that season uniquely provides. At the end of a season, there are some satisfactions; at the same time a relinquishing, sometimes sad, of that season must take place as the next manifests itself. We will miss some of that season's gifts, even while we anticipate the beauties of the one coming in. And within all the richness of experience, still there is mystery. I think of my own potential fruition. Do you think about yours? Some of my potential is actuated in written words. I think on the life-cycle of my dreams' denials and joyous fulfillments, what I hope for now, what I fear, answers received and mysteries presented. They continue in city or country. Consider: what steps, with God's grace, can you continue with, starting now? And who might you companion and nurture in their walk with God? The God-imprinted heart conceives of hope even in uprootings, in seeming failures-to-thrive, even in the face of death, and can come to perceive life events as God-directed shifts in their path. The God-heart can envision, therefore, as it were, trees not planted yet, and so plants and waters anyway. Even without seeing or grasping yet all that is, for a season, hidden, there is love, and there is joy. May you see these things in this book. May you acknowledge those who have watered you. May you plant and water also.
Plantings in Poetry, Essay, and Song by Deanna Christiansen was published by Creative Team Publishing in June 2014. The ISBN for Plantings in Poetry, Essay, and Song is 9780989797597.