An altar needs daily tending to.
There are wilting flowers and ripening fruit to be replaced,
Burnt out candles to be changed out by new ones,
Water to be refreshed.
The surface of the altar requires dusting.
We may like to present little seasonal treasures from nature;
Something representing the five elements.
We approach the altar gently and with great humility.
Done mindfully, tending to an altar fills us with joy and gratitude.
Physically, mentally and spiritually,
it takes us close to the subject of our veneration.
Perhaps without realizing it, as we tend to the outer altar,
we simultaneously tend to our inner sanctum.
What a joyous and worthwhile effort both are!