The morning looked truly promising. The air was a bit humid out on the porch, but pleasingly mild. Genavieve opened her Bible to read His encouraging Word for her day…These were Words that many before her lived by.
Genesis 1:29 ~ “And God said ,Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be as meat.”
Leaving the porch she returned to her packing and tucked her Bible into her bag. She chose her wardrobe carefully, for a two day journey. She would be working and considered the tasks at hand as she packed her bag practically, considering a smart look with durable attire. She chose sturdy fabrics, washable aprons with several pockets and compartments and thick canvas gloves to protect her hands. She would further her knowledge of foraging and recognizing the nourishing and healing herbs that heartily grew this time of year on nearby terrain. She knew instinctively that soon it wouldn’t be as easy to find natural vegetation so close. Nor would it be as easy to find individuals who shared the knowledge that she had received from generations of believers of God’s green herb and flowers, roots and plants for food and healthy living. She finished packing, then went to her work area to check the jars, muslin, the drying racks, strainers, huge pots to boil water, corks, and bottles that had been in use for years. The gleam of the clean glass urged her to carry on with this timely task, and prepare for the following season when their need would be so appreciated. The tools and supplies of preserving, bottling essences of herbal findings, and useful greens were like treasures to her, handed down from generations. It was all organized and waiting for her return. Tried and proven, knowledge of gatherings from the earth were useful and needful. There would be sharing and gaining more information from like-minded individuals in the next few days that would “be as meat” to people in years to follow…
Copyright, Mar 12, 2013, Kindred Hearts Antiques and Gifts, Brenda DeLaune Brown