[Due to an internet outage at the Grove Priest’s house, the past two entries appeared late. If you’d like to see them, follow the links: “A Growing Grove, and Actions that Speak” | “A Prayer for a New President“.]
Recently, the Grove began work on a second edition of The Fire on Our Hearth, correcting a few typos and mis- (and missed) attributions while adding a significant number of prayers and rituals. So far, the list of things to add is at 30 pages, and we’ve given a “turn it in by” date of Feb. 14th, so the new edition might be out by March 1st at the latest.
I fell in love with this Grove all over again when we put the first edition of FooH together: hearing the Voice of the Cranes come to life within the book and watching how it had developed was an amazing thing. Now, as we approach twice as many members (!), it’s developing in many new ways that I hadn’t expected, as well.
With new members bringing a wealth of work from their previous traditions (or Groves) along with them, it seems that the Voice of the Grove might get a bit more muddled: this is not the case, though. This Grove has never been terribly. . . controlled. . . in terms of what we do and what we don’t do. Though guided by the Gardner’s Hand, we know this Gardener well enough to realize that he’s a patient sort of person: he doesn’t weed the garden unless it’s absolutely necessary. When something new and different sprouts in this Grove, the Gardener watches it, waits on it, and seems to know before anyone else just how it will fit within the Grove’s greater tapestry.
Looking out on this garden that grows around, within, and most certainly with the Grove, it is easy to see that everything has its place and that everything is in that place, even if it didn’t seem possible when it first sprouted.
As we return to the Fire on Our Hearth, reorganizing, re-working, and building it up, we know that the Gardener has been doing the same with us, and will continue to do so for as long as this Grove stands, rooted deep and crowned high.
-Rev. Michael J Dangler