“The harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.” James 3:18 When I read that my mind immediately jumped to cultivating. Being a farmer at heart, I imagined a tractor pulling a cultivator and preparing the ground for planting. It breaks up the hard clods and mixes up the soil. But cultivating also means to promote, encourage, improve or enrich. If I put those meanings together and try to see how that is true in my life, I know that to work for justice in the world, I must sometimes break up the hard clods of my own firmly held attitudes. Only then can justice be sown in peace. It doesn’t mean that I ignore the difficulties and in a “Pollyannaish” way embrace the idea of peace that means simply the absence of conflict. I want the real deal. I long for peace and justice in the world even if it means cultivating deeply the hardness of my heart.



About dmdubay

Since retiring from Northwest Airlines and moving to the Pacific Northwest, I have more time to devote to writing. My first novel, "Tales of Two Sisters" was published over a year ago. I have been writing poetry for a long time and am attempting to collate my poetry into a short book, with pictures. A sequel to "Tales of Two Sisters" should be getting closer to completion soon. Gardening and tending the vineyard take a lot of time in the summer. Even though I love the outdoors, these activities do cut down on my writing. So I appreciate that wintertime allows me time to write. Writing, for me, is what brings things into focus and helps me to make sense of the things that life brings. It is a gift to me and I hope that it will be to you also.
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1 Response to cultivation

  1. René says:

    Totally!! I think we all could use a little work there.


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