Water and the Word: Produce to Share

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
(2 Corinthians 9:11)


This was the sign 

over a table 

in a church’s fellowship hall. 


It was summer, 

AKA gardening season, 

so I knew, 

from my experience, 

that the first word 

was accented 

on the first syllable. 


I knew the table 

would have zucchini, 

tomatoes, okra, 

and other vegetable delectables 

for redistribution 

to friends and neighbors. 


But then my inner wordsmith 

asked its 

“What if?” question. 


What if this is a verb, 

not a noun? 


What if it 

was divine instruction 

on life’s deepest meaning? 


What if it was 

a holy critique 

of cultures and economies, 

pulling us together, 

rather than apart, 


reminding us 

that we are, 

first, last, and foremost, 

created for community? 


pro-DUCE to share. 


© 2018 Todd Jenkins


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