I Have Faith

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Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin of the Rocks - Angel detail

Angel detail from The Virgin of the Rocks – Leonardo da Vinci

Republishing this post from last Christmas Eve.

To be a gardener, you must have faith.  You must believe you can coax life to bend to your will.  You are a god.

This is a spiritual time of year, and a time to renew faith in God.  Whether a personal god, the pagan gods, or a god of doctrine and formal beliefs, any true belief is a comfort.  A comfort that there are bigger things than us, that we exist in a larger spirit.  Life will always go on.

Thunderstorm cloud sunset, Fredericksburg Texas

I have this faith.  And yes, I believe in God despite any scientific proof.  I see it when a  flower unfurls, a seed sprouts, when the sun bursts thru the clouds.  I am comforted by faith.


For a parent, the moment your first child is born you become a convert if you did not believe before.  The joy, magic, and love can not be measured.  They simply are.  God washes through you.

In this season, commemorated by the birth of Jesus, let’s find faith in the larger spirit rekindled in that joy of a child’s birth.  God comes with a fresh promise of the innocents.  Christmas is that celebration.  It’s a great time of year to re-affirm our belief in the good power of life.

I do not practice religion and would probably be more Buddhist or Anthroposophist than Christian if I chose an organized path of spiritual expression, but I honor all the good that Jesus represents.  I was brought up in a church going family, and while rejecting the church, I do not reject the goodness of God and the underpinnings of faith.


I just don’t go in for a lot of structure and mythology in my own understanding of God, and this time of year am saddened by the commercialization that has almost destroyed the season and forces many of us to wince at the very mention of our own religion.

So many horrible things have happened and continue to happen due to religion.  Religious groups fight over who is the most pure, the truest believers, the “right” God.  Its enough to keep anyone away from any organized religion.

But there is still God.  We should still celebrate in our own way.  Now is as good a time as any.  We need every excuse to remind us we are connected to larger things, that we are small, but by our conscious recognition of God we enlarge the whole.  We are Gods too.

And this is a good time of year to be reminded.  As the sun itself is reborn in the Northern Hemisphere and the earth begins its steady march toward longer days, our gardens are resting; take a quiet moment to be glad for a greater power.

yellow gerbera backlit with bright light

Joy to the world.  There is a God.  I have faith.

Blessings to you and yours.  May you connect to your garden’s spirit, its wild spirit.    Namasté ….


Saxon Holt
Saxon Holt is the owner of PhotoBotanic.com, a garden picture resource for photographs, on-line workshops, and garden photography stories. An award winning photojournalist and Fellow of The Garden Writers Association with more than 25 garden books, he lives and gardens in Northern California. PhotoBotanic - Garden Photography online at www.photobotanic.com. https://photobotanic.com
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Mike December 24, 2013, 6:25 am

Amen. Thanks for sharing your sentiments. Each day I experience the miracle of the garden and God’s world I’m thankful. Peace and joy to you in this Christmas season.

Cathy December 24, 2013, 7:40 am

Saxon, you’re writing is as prpofound as your photography. Thanks for a moving piece that resonates with my own philosophy, Happy, Happy Holidays to you, and a wish for good heatlh and a prosperous year ahead. From Cathy and Steve

Donna December 24, 2013, 7:42 am

This is a beautiful post Saxon, in sentiment, word and image. Like you, I too believe without proof, but also do not practice religion. I feel close when in nature and I have a feeling many artists and photographers do as well. It is not hard to see the miracles all around us. Have a blessed holiday season my friend. The beauty surrounds, and so does the hope for a better world.

CC December 24, 2013, 10:50 am

Thanks for sharing your faith! The wonder of nature is beautiful esp. through your pictures.

Debra December 24, 2013, 11:54 am

Saxon, your post is exquisite. It flooded me with a quiet joy, and an affirmation that the awareness of God that I’ve felt at times—always unexpected, always a surprise gift—is a glimpse of majesty. In the whirlwind of Christmas, your post is one of those gifts. A conduit of joy.

Lorene December 24, 2013, 12:37 pm

Saxon, this piece is my gift this Christmas… and a beautiful sentiment to carry through the other 364 miraculous days of the year when life continues to unfold around us. Thank you dearly for this unexpected blessing.

Saxon Holt December 24, 2013, 1:09 pm

And blessings to you – now go spend the rest of the day with friends and family 😉

RobinG December 24, 2014, 4:33 am

Good wills, good aims

Laura @ Ryg Giveaway December 28, 2014, 7:51 am

I believe, but it’s because in creation everywhere, I see nothing but a Creator who loves the unqiue. Think how no two snowflakes or thumb prints are the same? Scientific proof enough for me.

Mahee Ferlini December 31, 2014, 4:06 pm

Beautiful post!

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