Gabriel's Horn, Pastor Tom, April, 2018

posted Mar 30, 2018, 8:24 AM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Mar 30, 2018, 8:25 AM ]

On Gardening

It all began in a garden. In John's Gospel (18:1), Jesus leaves the upper room and goes to the garden to begin his passion and death.  Here he would pray a sorrowful prayer, be betrayed by a friend, be arrested by his enemies, and abandoned by his disciples.

It all ended in a garden.  John's Gospel (19:41-42) tells us Jesus' body was buried in a tomb in a garden.

It began again in a garden. The garden setting was a place of burial and resurrection.  Indeed, when the risen Lord appeared to Mary Magdalene, she thought he was the gardener!

How interesting that everything began in a garden (Genesis 2:8) and in the last chapter of Revelation, the Bible's last words, we read that we will live with God forever in the Garden of Paradise.

As we look at the many gardens we pass, or when tending our own, may the Bible's words remind us of the sacred nature of a garden.  May God encourage us to "tend the garden in our heart" and bring forth the beauty of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control...the fruits of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians.

See you Sundays at The Gardening place!

---Pastor Tom


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“We don’t usually aspire to be both strong and weak. But we see the value of it in those who use their influence to benefit others in the face of suffering.  We see it in Jesus, who wielded tremendous power yet also exposed himself to ridicule and death. Rather than being opposites, strength and weakness are actually meant to be brought together in every human life and every community. Only when this happens do we find the flourishing for which we were made."


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