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Green Theology:  Only Gardeners Go to Heaven “ God is Green.”      George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1990  

The Revery—   By Sandra Lindow

At breakfast my husband removes

All gardeners go to heaven

spent blooms from the Persian Violet;

As he gently pinches them off,

dry petals fall on his plate,

pile up among  empty muffin papers.

Dropping the last of them, he says,

“Only gardeners go to Heaven.”

The Headline—

Tel Aviv—Israeli Scholars Finally Release

               Secret Dead Sea Scroll

The Translation–

And the voice from the burning bush

Spoke again unto Moses saying.

“Inasmuch as you desire Heavenly Reward,

you must work the earth yourself,

you, your children and your children’s children.

You must work the land, feed the soil

and gather the fruits in barns.

Of your abundance, you must feed the poor.

For if you have two bushels

and your neighbor has none,

you must in charity share one.

For the earth is the Lord’s

and the fullness thereof,

and you are the appointed gardener.

Woe to those who forsake this part.

The Commentary—

“God is Green!”

The Word is out and it’s official;

even the Archbishop of Canterbury agrees.

All Souls get ready to put on dem leafy shoes,

for dem golden street are really paved in green.

Oak leaves yoke Heavenly Choir robes;

St. Peter stands at the Gate of Green.

In the mundane world Chicago Gold Coast balconies

sprout profusions of gardenias.

Wall Street goes in for marigolds as well—

Everyone wants a piece of Heaven.

Bill Gates is seen with a rose in his lapel.

At the Vatican a lone painter

observes a moment of emerald silence

before painting a green thumb

on the Sistine Hand of God.

“God is green; God is good,

and we thank him for this food,”

children pray before dinner.

In quiet places one can hear

The breath of earth reincarnate

as it sighs in blessed relief.

Finally, the path to salvation is cleared

So even the simplest grasps.

Abel’s gift understood at last:

Only gardeners go to Heaven.

For in their digging,

planting, pruning and picking,

they touch the great green body of God.