Posted by: Cathi Brese Doebler | August 23, 2011

Gardens: God’s Promise for us

If you look at my last blog post, it was a sad time in a garden; the time of Jesus’ betrayal in the Garden of Gethsemane. Happily, however, the story of Jesus and His life does not end there. Jesus does die for our sins, and then He rises again. He defeats death, and saves us from our sins because He took our sins upon Himself on the cross.

The wonderful references to gardens continues on in scripture also. In Revelation 2:7, it says, “If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. I will let everyone who wins the victory eat from the life-giving tree in God’s wonderful garden.”

Remember the Garden of Eden that was closed to us sinners, back when Adam and Eve disobeyed God? Hope didn’t stop there, because it came in Jesus. And in Revelation we see that we come full circle, back to a garden where we can indeed walk with God and share a garden with Him. What an awesome garden that will be!

Thank you for following this blog series with me. I hope that you enjoyed the journey through gardens in scripture.

Here is a final prayer to share with you by Richard Foster from “Prayers from the Heart”:

“Spirit of the Living God, be the Gardener of my soul. For so long I have been waiting, silent and still–experiencing a winter of the soul. But now, in the strong name of Jesus Christ, I dare to ask: Clear away the dead growth of the past, Break up the hard clods of custom and routine, Stir in the rich compost of vision and challenge, Bury deep in my soul the implanted Word, Cultivate and water and tend my heart, Until new life buds and opens and flowers. Amen.”

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