Suffering Produces Endurance

Posted by Pastor Dave on March 9, 2012

It's that time of the year when gardeners are planning to get the soil ready for gardens and flower beds. At our house the soil is a lumpy clay, hard to break up. We lack rich topsoil. This year I plan to mix in more manure in the flower bed to enrich the soil and hopefully to break down some of that clay.

Recently I heard Ned Conklin, former Virginia Extension agent for Shenandoah County, say that the topsoil here in the valley is an average of about 4 inches – not very deep at all. But at Meems Bottom, the topsoil is 5 feet deep (60 inches!). Can you imagine that? Four inches here; five feet there!? There is no limit to what can grow there. Why?