In the Garden

Scripture reading

Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

–John 20:16

Thought of the Day

Back in 1912, a man named C. Austin Miles was in the darkroom at his home practicing his hobby of photography. While developing a roll of film he picked up his Bible and it opened up to John, Chapter 20. Miles was a songwriter and often turned to the Bible for inspiration and thoughts for his songs. As he read the story about Mary and the women coming to the tomb of Christ and finding it empty, he imagined himself in the story. He put himself in the garden on that glorious day witnessing that amazing sight of the resurrected Christ. He quickly forgot about his film and wrote down a poem. Later that evening he put those words to music and a great gospel hymn was born. The name of the hymn is IN THE GARDEN. Here are the words.

I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses;
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.

Mr. Miles knew that we as Christians can and will experience Christ in our daily lives. He knew that Jesus is ever-presence in our lives. He knew that He walks with us and talks with us. He knew that Jesus tells us that we are His own. How about you? Do you know the same things?

Prayer

Jesus, what great joy we share together! I am Yours! Amen.

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