The garden reconciles human art and wild nature,
hard work and deep pleasure,
spiritual practice and the material world.
It’s a magical place because it’s not divided.
The many divisions and polarizations
that terrorize a disenchanted world
find peaceful accord
among mossy rock walls,
rough stony paths,
and trimmed bushes.
Maybe a garden sometimes seems fragile
because it achieves an extraordinary
delicate balance of nature and human life, naturalness and artificiality.
It has its own liminality,
its points of balance between great extremes.
My beloved has gone down to the garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather the lilies. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he browses among the lilies. ~Song of Songs 6:2-3 ✝
Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you save, you heal, you restore, and you reveal Your Father’s heart to us! You have captured me with grace and I’m caught in Your infinite embrace!
Wow…what a fabulous picture:)
Thank you, Gigi. When you have something that beautiful as a subject it’s hard not to take a good photo. I found this at our Botanical Garden today and just absolutely love the color. So I’m going to see if I can find one for my yard. Hugs, Natalie 🙂
Royal robes … lovely Natalie.
Yes, as royal as I would present to Jesus! Hugs, N 🙂
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It is a day of remembrance is it not— of a long night once spent in a garden long ago and far away–one of torment and angst–the world changed that night in that garden–even the Son of God sought solace in a garden. . .
Thank you for the reminder of the importance of a garden in our souls and in our lives…
Somehow that particular clematis that I found down at our Botanical Garden today just spoke to me of Jesus in the garden. It has been gray and gloomy here today and so the blossom looked like it might be found blooming in a nighttime garden. I wish everyone could realize that they are children of the Garden, and it is there that so often we can find the Lord as He walks the paths of His Eden still. Blessings and love, Peaches. 🙂
This is simple beauty, Natalie. Thank you. Hope you are feeling better. Been thinking of you.
Thank you, Heather. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Heather, I have lots of arthritis in my knees and feet and the left leg is ever so much worse than the right. I also have some stenosis in my neck and back. On top of that I suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome so my nights are pretty rough. I don’t talk much about these issues as I don’t want to be defined by the ailments of my aging body but by the grace and compassion God has planted in my heart. Thank you for caring and thinking about me. Prayers are welcome. The Lord saved my life a year and a half ago when I had a stroke and so I know He has a plan and a purpose for my life and can feel His presence digging deep into my soul. As with all of us the problem is sinful ways and a lack of surrender and obedience in all areas of my life. I pray that both your suffering and mine continues to prune our vines for His glory. Blessings and hugs, Natalie 🙂
I’m praying for you, my friend. We can pray for each other and continue to believe. 🙂
Remember, sometimes it isn’t always about sin… Sometimes it is simply a thing allowed by God as a thorn in our side to bless others through and/or to touch others for His plan or ourselves. He walks with us through it always if we let Him.
That’s what I commit to … learning what I need and blessing others as I walk this out with Him.
Watch my FB page as I will be chronicling this … ugly stuff, helpful stuff, prayer and all.
Much love to you!!
Oh,dear Natalie ! Enchanted by the purple beauty and the Moore poetic thoughts;
I secretly retreat in your peaceful gardens,I join your prayers,I hymn our Greator…
Your posts a haven for meditation,for my peace of mind … Warm Wishes, Doda 🙂
Why thank you, dear Doda. You are welcome in my garden of thoughts and posies any time. I pray you have a splendid weekend!!!! Love and hugs!!!! Natalie 🙂
Well said, Thomas Moore. Have a nice Easter, Natalie.
Same to you, Donna. Blessings, Natalie 🙂
Beautiful clematis flower Natalie!! Love the bright color 🙂 XXX Michael
Thanks, Michael. I adore this one and just wish I knew what variety it was. I found it down at our Botanical Garden this week and would love to have on in my yard. I pray you have a very blessed weekend! Hugs, Natalie 🙂
Inspiring words and beautiful picture. . . .Easter blessings. .
Thank you. I’m so glad you en;joyed the post. I pray you have a very blessed Easter Sabbath. Hugs, Natalie 🙂