Growing asparagus takes some planning and patience. From seed, it takes several years before you get a decent crop that you can harvest without hurting future yields. The plants come back every year and last 20 years or more.
I tried seeds two years ago, which didn’t sprout; this winter I ordered some bare-root one-year-old plants, which I was supposed to plant soon after arrival in late spring. I needed to dig a full 20-foot long trench and replace some of the soil, which meant I couldn’t just pop them in the ground. I needed several hours on a Saturday do all the preparatory work, including purchases. Alas, a combination of bad timing, bad weather, and an overseas trip meant that I planted them much later than I hoped to. They looked dead. I planted them anyway.
I called the place I bought the asparagus from and was told not to give up. The advisor said she had replanted all sorts of seemingly dead plants returned to them in the mail and nearly everything came back after a time. She said to give it 4-6 weeks. “You never know.”Rather than dig them up, I kept watering them, though it seemed pointless. The soil beneath is wonderfully rich, as I add compost, potting soil, bone meal, and more.
I planted some new asparagus seeds in a kit just in case I could get something going. After a couple of weeks, 8 seeds sprouted and I transplanted them between the dry-root plants, which looked as dead as ever. I lost track of how many weeks my dead plants have been faithfully watered, but this morning I was shocked when one of them sported two sprouts a couple of inches tall. Back from the dead!
I don’t know if any of the others will come back; they still look dead to me. But “you never know” and even just one coming back makes the watering seem worthwhile.
And so it goes with the culture, too. Many have given up. I understand. The incoherence of what passes for education in public universities suggests we are only in more of the same decline we have witnessed. While there is little room for debate on when a plant is dead, there is no agreement today on what “progress” means in a culture or whether or not an institution is salvageable.
Birds, bees, and other animals know exactly what to do to flourish.Only human beings seem capable of confusion on what is best for them. They allow their cities to decay, cultures to die, and nations to collapse. While the birds of the air and lilies of the field seem to do just fine, the children of Adam and Eve need help and re-direction.
Touchstone and the Fellowship are committed to giving help and direction, to planting seeds, watering, weeding, cultivating, and nourishing the faith of anyone receptive to the Truth.
Those whom we serve range from high school students to nonagenarians, Baptists, Catholics, Lutherans, Anglicans, Orthodox and everything in between. Some are soldiers, Sunday School teachers, lawyers, farmers, housewives, homeschoolers, even former atheists. Even clergy and college professors!
Your support of the ministry can be like sunlight, water, and soil for many, and you will never know the full results of what you support–we are making a real difference, one soul at a time. Every letter, email, or phone call telling us we’ve made difference makes it all worthwhile. Don’t give up. Keep praying for others. 
Would you please help us keep watering the plants, as we labor in the fields, reaching readers young and old with the unchanging Word? We need the generous donations of as many as possible by June 30 to help us get through the next several months. Please, anything you can give today will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you, very much!