This gate can be found at Oregon Garden

You are the Gate, you say.  And yet, once we enter, there are so many directions to go.
When we get lost on the winding path of the Way, turn our vision back to you.
Remind us what you are made of, dear Gate.
Not televisions.
Not money.
Not AR-15s.
But these simple tools.
The tools of a Carpenter.
A wrench.
A shovel.
A wheel.
And living water.
Put a wrench in our hands. There is much to mend.
Put a shovel in our hands. There is much to build.
Put a wheel in our hands. There is far to go.
And living water? Ah, we are so thirsty.
Revive us, now and always, for the journey before us.


Jennifer Garrison Brownell serves as pastor at First Congregational Church -UCC in Vancouver, Washington.  She contributed to the Revgals book There’s a Woman in the Pulpit and is the author of the not-really-about-a-triathlon memoir Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath. She blogs at There Is a River.

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