The second grade class at the Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Sahour recently studied a unit on gardening in their English class. The story that accompanied the unit was about a boy named Sam and the plants he grew from the seeds his granny gave him. Over and over again we tested the second grade's memory and mastery of this unit, asking the students the steps Sam took to plant his seeds and how we could likewise garden.
2. Second, we plant the tree.
3. Then, we water the tree.
...(Eventually), the tree (will) grow.
4. (But for now), we wait.
Pictured above is the owner of the land we planted on.
For whatever comes next, he waits.
It is with him that we wait in the hope that these trees will be allowed to take root and thrive. It is with him that we wait in the hope that the Wall that will soon hide his trees will not claim them completely. It is with him that we wait in the hope that one day the only waiting will be for the next olive harvest and not the decision regarding whether or not he will be able to join in the harvest.
It is with him that we wait in the hope that the lesson these second graders have learned was not in vain--
that growth does in fact accompany such waiting.