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Inter-faith Dreams and Gardening



The first thing that popped into my head when I read Linda’s post for today (inter) was “Inter-faith.” But then I wanted to go look up inter-  so I could understand the word more. says:

a prefix occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “between,” “among,” “in the midst of,” “mutually,” “reciprocally,” “together,” “during” ( intercept; interest); on this model, used in the formation of…

What if we could sit down at a table and share about our faith and work toward understanding one another? A picnic table would be nice, or a round table, like King Arthur had. What if we just listened to each other and looked for common ground? But accepted the differences too! I know it might not be easy. But it would be interesting. I use that word a lot, interesting. But I like it. It would be interesting if we could be open-minded.

We have strong beliefs about some things, so it’s not always easy. Like yesterday I went to feed my feral cats at church and one of our church members who loves to do landscaping was planting the Easter lilies in the garden. Then he started pulling up these plants that I like with purple flowers on them because they are looking leggy and past their peak. I said I thought they were pretty. We’ve had a similar discussion before. We have different philosophies about gardening. I don’t like to kill anything and therefore have a very natural looking yard. Some people would call it overgrown, and they would think they were being nice in saying that when they think it’s a mess.

Anyway, I wanted to get on a soapbox and only briefly mentioned that I didn’t like to kill things. Then I went into the parish hall to wash the cat dish and I prayed: God help me with this. Help me be…. just help me. When I went back out, I saw that the garden did actually look a little better without the scraggly, leggy purple headed stalks. I took one bunch home and planted it in my overgrown yard, and the rest are going to another church member. I helped my friend clean up a little and told him the garden did look better.

So, we both have strong opinions about gardens, which we shared, and we ended up on good terms. Lots of different kinds of flowers, plants, shrubs, and trees in the world. I’m not crazy about zinnias but my friend is. No particular reason. I love honeysuckle and mimosas, but some people think they’re invasive. I think they’re prolific and beautiful. Sometimes honeysuckle intertwines and takes over. And I do have to cut it back some. For the most part, we can coexist, we can tolerate each other’s beliefs. We can figure out a way to respect each other. Sometimes we compromise, sometimes we don’t.

This is a stream of consciousness post, so I don’t have to have a tidy ending. Tidy is not something I’m into anyway. I much prefer interesting.

I just did some research and found out my leggy flower friends are Tradescantia, aka: spiderwort. They come in purple, blue, pink and white, and they are prolific.

spiderwort from pixabay

Today’s stream of consciousness prompt was: “inter-” provided by our interesting host, Linda G. Hill. You can find her and other SOC posts at:

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

25 thoughts on “Inter-faith Dreams and Gardening

  1. There is always a positive end from understanding others’ points of view, whether it’s about faith, gardening, food, etc. I read a book a few years back written by Bryan Berghoef entitled “Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation and God.” He has group discussions with people of all faiths and even atheists in an attempt at human understanding and acceptance. He also blogs occasionally at

  2. Wouldn’t that be lovely, to see on a large scale people talking and looking king for ways to agree and accept. Thoughtful post! Like the flowers too.

  3. I used the prefix inter frequently in my disseratation, bracketing it so it emphasized the meaning of standing between and among things i.e. views, faiths, essences, etc.

  4. Beautiful thoughts JoAnna.. And I agree with you, it would be lovely to sit down and discuss around a table and come to an understanding that opinions may often differ, but we can come to a compromise upon our differing perspectives.. And that is half the problem.. People are so set in their ways they are not prepared to look at things from a different perspective..
    I am happy you and your gardening friend met in the middle.. And love those purple flowers..
    Love and Blessings and have a peaceful weekend..
    Hugs Sue xx

  5. What a delightful post! I love the garden/beauty-is-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/live-and-let-live metaphor…wonderfully-creative and uplifting…thanks for sharing, JoAnna 🙂

  6. “What if we could sit down at a table and share about our faith and work toward understanding one another?… It would be interesting if we could be open-minded.”
    ~ JoAnna, that would be a giant step for humankind.

    By the way, you would most likely cringe at the way I frequently prune my plants and maintain my small flower garden weed-free 🙂 They reward me every day with their glorious blooms. In life, as in nature, we have to let go of our dead leaves to give room to new life, and to free ourselves of weeds, however beautiful, that rob us of life-giving nutrients.

    Regardless of our differences in beliefs, culture, ethnicity, gender, and more, we all share a common humanity. It’s a good start in opening our minds towards others.

  7. Funny, I was recently reading about spiderwort and can’t recall why. Perhaps they were a shade plant…or was it in BHG? I dunno, I think I’ll look it up and remind myself.
    Anyway, isn’t it cool how we so strongly prefer certain plants and flowers? I like soft lines.
    Our house came with a lot of friendlies, but a lot of stuff I’m not a fan of… yucca, blue spruce, rhododendron. I’m trying to stay open, but mostly I focus on other stuff, the softer lines.
    I never liked sunflowers until I planted some to please my girls. Then, I fell in love. Pulling into the drive every day, with those big yellow smiles. They were so cheerful! Didn’t love zinnias, but I found that they grew in the hot western sun in Georgia, so I planted them on the border for color. I came to love them because they brought butterflies.
    I love my speedwell, but it’s gettin a lil crazy.
    I love honeysuckle, but I need to eradicate it, because it’s choking out my lilacs. These things will hafta go.
    I enjoy a natural look, too. It is my goal to have little lawn in the future, and so every year I add more perennials. Starting to look at some of the shrubs that don’t need fuss. I don’t want us growing old and dealing with over an acre of grass. I’d like The Mister to be able to mow in under an hour and me just grow my veggies.
    Everyone and everything needs room to breathe.
    Tolerance is good, but so is thriving in your preferred environment. I leave things that don’t attack the others. I want harmony. I’m not playing devil’s advocate, I totally see the beauty of your post, of your experience. I get the metaphor and the connection. But I’m standing back…evaluating… you know?

    • It’s nice to know someone who puts so much thought into her yard. Not just about what looks good, but considering the lives of the plants from so many angles, considering how they can coexist. I like soft lines, too. But we are open to the possibilities. 🙂 Thank you for putting so much time into this and for understanding.

  8. Looks like you have no problem at all accepting people’s differences. Keep it up and you will start rubbing off on others😉

  9. I have accidentally deleted a lovely comment. And can’t find it. ‘m so sorry. It’s 1AM and my brain is fuzzy. 😦

  10. Lovely post JoAnna. The good Lord created variety in expectation that we should make a harmonious living instead of an acrimonious humanity squabbling over everything. I am learning that to accept someone’s point of view doesn’t make me wrong or them right. Let’s keep reaching for peace.
    I would like to invite you to my blog party going on right now.

    • Thank you for that thoughtful insight! And for the invitation. Sorry I was not able to attend, but I hope you had a lovely time. 🙂

  11. I like the idea of trying to listen to each other as long as people are not fanatical or extreme. I ‘m like you about not wanting to kill things. 🙂

    • Oh, yeah. It’s totally different if someone is fanatical or extreme. I try to be gentle when I talk about not wanting to kill things. I know it’s my thing, and people don’t have to agree. I can even listen to hunters if they’re not pushy or mean and they’re willing to listen to my perspective, too.

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