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My Charming Gardeners

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~ Marcel Proust

And so, I am grateful to . . .

My mother, who continues to sustain my life in rich, beautiful ways;

My father, who inspires and informs nearly all that I do;

My brother, who ministers me from far away New York City;

My brother-in-law, who counsels me from just a few exits down I-81;

My sister-in-law, who helps me to feel at home wherever we may find ourselves together;

My friends, Noell and Jess, who journey with us;

My parents-in-law, who delight in the moment and plan for the future; 

My son, the turning point of every day;

My wife, the axis upon which my world revolves.

Yes, these are some of my charming gardeners who –

so patient and kind –

cultivate, prune, and tend heart and mind.

This is our story; our giving of thanks. ~ Wendell Berry

About Andrew Taylor-Troutman

I am a pastor and a preacher, a writer, a husband and a father. My professional and personal lives are deeply involved with story-telling: stories that are silly and poignant or profound and commonplace. Stories that are tear-jerkers and belly-shakers. Stories about my son, Sam, and the congregation I serve, New Dublin Presbyterian Church. Each in its own way, these personal narratives shed light on the great story that God is writing with humankind and all of creation.


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