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Greening

The view out the window

I sit on the sofa
reading of God’s non-violent reign of love
made known and lived out by Jesus
a love taken to a cross
into the brutality of violence
taken there, even there,
to that darkest of places
because to love
is to love completely and with everything

I gaze out the window
– our small corner of beauty greening
as the spring emerges from winter’s death-like grasp

If I am beloved, and I am,
then the greening is the only true work – the beautiful work
and it is unfolding constantly, everywhere.

What I am reading:
“Then, when he sees the Spirit of God rest on Jesus, John the Baptist knows that the Annointed One has appeared.  But as he points people to Jesus and starts to ‘decrease’ he begins to have his doubts.  This Jesus isn’t organising a non-violent overthrow of the empire for the sake of Yahweh.  “Perhaps I am wrong,” John thinks.  After Herod arrests him, John sends out two messengers to inquire once and for all if Jesus is really the one sent from God.
Shortly before the king executes him, John gets his answer:
‘Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the lind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.  And, blkessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” (Luke 7:22)
The Baptist dies in prison knowing that the revolution of Gd has come – and in much greater ways that he could ever imagine.  Jesus has started a permanent revolution of transforming nonviolence.  Indeed, the reign of God is breaking through here and now.”  John Dear Jesus the Rebel p7

Glasshouse News

The glasshouse produced its first contribution to our fine home dining experience last night when it yielded a lovely sample of lettuce leaves to a delicious salad!
The photograph was taken today after the lettuce raid and it really is very hard to tell where we grazers have been!

glasshouse four weeks after start-up

Most of the rest of the glasshouse crop is coming along nicely – 6 varieties of tomato, a cucumber, two chillies, 6 capsicum and a few trays of seeds.

Tips and thoughts on Daylight Saving

Hey, we only have until the 30 September to prepare ourselves for Daylight Saving!  Daylight Saving tips and thoughts from MarttheRev:
1. get some sleep – we lose an hour and it is a jolly long time until we get that hour back!
2. make the most of early morning walks – for a time you lose the early light – it just disappears overnight!
3. forget the idea that you are really saving daylight – it is a myth.  I have been researching this and it is a fact that there is not an extra hour of daylight at all – they just adjust the clocks to make it seem as if you have extra daylight!  Honest!  Well, I think I am being honest… maybe I am wrong…
4. for if you were saving it, where would you store it?
5. maybe someone is storing it – like a world power or secret government ministry.  Maybe Gerry Brownlie is storing it somewhere.  Gerry, if you are reading this, can you give me a definitive answer?  Please don’t ask John Banks about how to answer definitively!
6. Will the storing of daylight be something iwi and hapu can make a claim against under the Treaty?
7. Has anyone thought of saving daylight in the summer when there is tons of it (more than we need!) and relocating it to winter when we don’t have enough?  We could even export it to places like Antarctica and Sweden (where, according the Swedish novelists everyone is killing each other – brutally – and often in the dark because they have too much dark)!
8. Just in case, if we do export the daylight we save, can we get some extra police just in case people start killing each other in the extra dark we will inevitably get?
9. Is there a ‘just right’ daylight/dark ratio so that we can export carefully and thoughtfully – you know, so that it is better for the environment?
10. Should we consult younger generations before we export daylight?  I only ask this because they will end up with less than us older ones have had and they might be a bit grumpy.