THE GARDEN: GOD’S SYMBOL OF HOPE

It all began in a garden … “Then the Lord planted a garden…” (Genesis 2:8, NLT).  After creating the universe this was the very next thing on His agenda.  The Master Gardener himself appreciated the splendor of a beautiful garden.  Many gardeners even regard the art of gardening as a spiritual journey of sorts.  There are valuable lessons to be learned from digging in the dirt, so to speak! We are the plants in God’s garden.  He chooses to plant the seed, prune, cultivate, and remove the weeds so that fruit can be produced for His kingdom. Along life’s journey we see that good soil is essential, death brings life, pruning is mandatory, and a branch cannot bear fruit separated from the plant. There are indeed lessons of hope for us to learn from our garden..

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Below are some scenes of nature that reflect the glory of the Master Creator and His never ending love and faithfulness for us..

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Below are pictures from the garden of Cathy Mayor.

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Irises grown and photographed by Marie Stone.

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These pristine lilies were recently photographed in Doris Creel’s garden…

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Creation is a witness to God’s faithfulness in taking care of believers:

“And why worry about your clothing?  Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.  They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  Ad if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?  ( Matthew 6:28-32, NLT)

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God’s beauty is all around us, and His majestic works of nature draw us into fellowship with Him.  Find a pastoral place in your garden to get alone with our Creator to renew your spirit…

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“God almighty first planted a garden.  And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures”.

                                                                        – Francis Bacon

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