God of the Compost

discarding (leaves, apple core, coffee grounds)
sitting (fermenting, turning, changing)
needing (love, care, attention)
leaving (soil, richness, life)

but it sure was
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Inspired by Beth Patterson's poem on god at the Virtual Tea House


The God of the compost is interested in a messy cocreation with us.  God can’t do it alone.  Whether we are the composter or the composted, one acts on the other.  Are the composter and God is the raw material?  Or are we the composted and God is turning us?  Maybe it is another case of that post-modern both/and.  We are both acting upon and being acted on.  No fair. 

 If we subscribe to the need for control, it is much easier to be one or the other.  Either mercilessly in control or mercilessly out of control.  That relieves of us much of our responsibility to co-create with self, other, and the divine. 

 Matthew says "Go and make disciples."  I want to read this in a new way:  "Go and co-create."



  1. internet elias said on February 26, 2010
    Too CUTE! I look out any windown on the back or front of our home and I see 'cows.' So I know compost :smile:. And nothing...heals the soil more than compost. Well composted soil is very productive. Now that would prove your 'God of the compost.' He brings us through the fire (compost is the result of 'garbage' going through a heat process)...then...we are planted in Him...to bear much fruit. Again, too cute. Good post. Carolyn
  2. Beth Patterson said on February 26, 2010
    Dang, Terri-- I like your reflection better than the original! Today, maybe just for this moment, I'm relating to the 'stinky' part of composting. But maybe that odiferous offering is like ambrosia to God (like decayed animals are ambrosia to most dogs!). I want to be mercilessly without need to be in or out of control. Thank you so much for your homiletics... And I'm so glad to have found you!
  3. Twylla said on November 30, 2010
    I happened upon your blog as I was trying to locate The Virtual Teahouse. Every time I click on the link, I get an error. Do you have a current address or way to contact Beth? I love her poetry. AND, in the meantime, I found your blog! My morning prayer is to become a co-creator with Spirit, so your words spoke directly to me. Thank you!
    1. Terri said on November 30, 2010
      She is also at http://www.findingground.com/ and on Facebook. And welcome to the community!
  4. Olivia said on February 7, 2011
    Very well said! Go and co- create!! Love xx
  5. Jingle said on February 7, 2011
    beautiful... cheers. A++
  6. Becca Givens said on February 7, 2011
    We all need to compost - turn over and around - transition through and through - so indeed we can co - create with our Creator!! Thank you for sharing!!
  7. dragonkatet said on February 28, 2011
    What an awesome concept and you expressed it wonderfully. As an avid gardener, I love composting (YES it is STINKY!) and the results create beautiful plants and flowers. Okay, I'm going, I'm going...;)
    1. Terri said on February 28, 2011
      I am not an avid gardener, but I love the metaphor.
  8. short poems said on March 2, 2011
    I like your reflection...nicely done!
  9. rmpWritings said on March 2, 2011
    Very cute, entertaining and well written. Definitely made me smile.

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