No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem. (reference)
Billy mentioned this quote to me the other day. it is from Booker T. Washington (i can't find an exact source for the quote).
i might say that in my experience there is as much grace to be found in working the soil as there is in exploring theology (or any other "ology" for that matter). i'm already deeply blessed to be working the soil in our garden and planting the seeds that will (hopefully) grow to carry fruit and feed us.
this quote has yet a deeper meaning for us as we grow food in our yard. Washington was a remarkable ambassador for racial reconciliation in his day and our time spent in the garden is frequently punctuated by conversations with our african american neighbors. our garden is creating a space for conversation and an opportunity to learn more about our neighborhood. talking about growing greens and tomatoes with our neighbors has already fostered a sense of mutuality and joint anticipation. by God's grace, there will be more to come.