The Fragrance of God

In the Canadian Journal of Orthodox Christianity Adam A.J. Deville reviews Vigen Guroian’s little book The Fragrance of God. I have no gardening abilities or inclinations, but the review has me re-thinking future hobbies, and gardening may be one of them. Deville summarizes:

Guroian is always aware that his efforts are not his own: there is a necessary synergy between human efforts and divine grace. He can plant, prune, and pray for good weather, but in the end the tastiness of the tomatoes that year depends on the efforts of Another.
Guroian writes that “gardeners do mark time by observances of seasonal changes in the garden (viii).” Gardening seems to establish a liturgy with seasons and colors.
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