You who dwell in the garden with friends in attendance,let me hear your voice.
Song of Songs 8:13
The weather has been fine over this last week and so you will not be surprised to find me in the garden. You may think from these last few blogs that I am a champion gardener and expert in the growing of all things. Of course I am not. Nothing I grow would win an award at the local flower show nor would the plot itself win a prize for best kept garden. I am simply a toiler in the field, a steward of his Master’s vineyard. The garden is largely flowers and shrubs, unlike my eldest son who is able to keep his family supplied in fruit and vegetables throughout the year from his.
Everything is growing apace at this time of year so that it is hard to keep up with it all. I am conscious that there is much to do out there just now but I also need to share these thoughts with you.
We have some new kids on the block this week. Some years ago my daughter and her brothers bought us a rose bush, Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland’, for a wedding anniversary. Madame is now firmly established in her plot by the front door of the house welcoming friends and visitors alike with her golden flowers which she exhibits joyously throughout the summer. Now the thing about Madame is that she is always the first rose to come into bloom although the others quickly follow her. It’s almost as if she is calling to them “Come on, wake up it’s time to show the world what we can do and how beautiful we are!” And that surely is the message of Pentecost. As Madame and the other roses are nurtured by the sun and the rain so we are nurtured by the Holy Spirit. Let us now go out and show the beauty of God’s Creation in our lives by our thoughts, our word and our actions.
Here is Madame A Meilland and the wallflowers
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time work for a number of years