Of Gardens and Gardeners


Gardens started at creation when God placed Adam and Eve in Eden. Later, King Ahab stole Naboth’s vineyard (I Kings 21) simply because the king wanted his vegetable garden close to his palace. Old Testament kings Manasseh and  Amon, chose gardens for their graves. Read the book of Esther, as well as Song of Songs, and you see how many scenes take place in palace gardens and how many analogies relate garden entrances to the intimacy of marriage. And while you may think of Nehemiah’s efforts rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, did you realize he repaired the wall by the Pool of Siloam by the Kings’ Garden? Better known New Testament references include Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and his triumphal resurrection from the garden tomb. Have you ever considered what the new heavens and new earth might

As Jesus speaks in parables in Matthew, He says, ““The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” I thought about those tiny seeds Brent and Becky involved the girls in starting a garden this weekend.

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After Daddy planted the tiny vegetable seeds, Austyn Grace carefully showered the small containers.

The next challenge came when Brent tried to dig a circle around the tree in the front yard. Grandpa and Austyn Grace inspected the remains of a bird house built in an earlier spring. As they inspected, Grandpa talked about all the items the clever bird used as construction materials.IMG_3199

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After adding lots of potting soil, Brent dug  a circular trench to received the tiny Columbine seeds Becky placed around the entire tree. Taylor Faith watched for a while, but as Brent did the hard work, she got into the spirit of planting too. Look at this happy little gardener!

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