For the ways in which you’ve graced my life this week, I give you thanks and praise.

I especially thank you for growing my garden and my life.

Give me the strength and wisdom to be faithful in tending both my outer and inner gardens.

Keep me from doing your job, from trying to force growth to meet my private timetable.

I offer up to you my need for quick results and my obsession with self-measurement.

Help me to be gentle and patient with myself and my garden.

For I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Harriet Crosby