Beauty surrounds us, but we usually need to be walking in a garden to know it - Rumi
As it was such a bright sunny day yesterday I spent much of it in the garden. I introduced you to my garden last week and I expect we will return there later during the year.
A garden is a wonderful place, whether it is a place to relax with a glass of something after a hard day at the office, or a place of inspiration where one can sit with the laptop working on the latest blog or perhaps yours is the muddy patch where the lawn used to be, with goal posts chalked on the fence so that the children can practise their soccer skills whilst dreaming of playing for their country.
The amazing thing is that just a few weeks ago it all seemed dead bare twigs and sticks everywhere. Now there is an exuberance of colour, of new growth, birds singing and butterflies sunning themselves on the lawn. Even more amazing is that the same thing happens year after year at this time. Every day I give thanks to God for the beauty and abundance of His Creation.
But there is more to it than that. Did you know that the Hebrew word for garden is Paradise? Man was expelled from Paradise for his disobedience to God’s Will. Now by the birth, life, death, resurrection and ascension of Our Blessed Lord and Saviour he has been shown the way back for Jesus Himself said:
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)
Praise the Lord!
Peter is a father and a grandfather who has been retired from full time employment for a number of years