A garden is a space set aside for the cultivation of plants/ flowers in different heights, colors, textures, and fragrances to create interest and delight the senses. In this meaning, the word cultivation stands out the most – meaning growth, planting, harvesting, and raising.
When I think about a garden and its meaning, my sisters come to mind. Black women growing together and cultivating each other while sowing seeds of inspiration, kindness, acceptance, and strength into the world. We encourage one another to flourish amid weeds, thorns, and moments of drought. Like actual flowers, we absorb nourishment from the sun (Son) which fortify the roots of our sisterhood. All that we receive, we reciprocate back into the garden. When one flower needs restoration, we beckon the nurturing care of our Gardener [Christ] in prayer.
For flowers to bloom with color and sweet fragrance, they need to be properly cared for. In the sister garden, this is what we do, regardless of the elements that come against us. We recognize the rarity of having genuine women in life with whom you can cry and laugh. I encourage all women to start a sister garden – sow into the soil of sisterhood, so future flowers will be inspired to build a bond as strong and beautiful.