garden of his delight

The Bloom ‘n’ Garden Expo 2009 is open this weekend and tomorrow promises to be sunny and warm.   Although we will still have too many cool nights to begin planting outdoors, I long to dig in the dirt tomorrow.  Hopefully I can at least begin to clean up some of the garden area and plan the area to plant.

    O painter of the fruits and flowers,
    We own wise design,
    Where these human hands of ours
    May share work of Thine!

    Apart from Thee we plant in vain
    The root and sow the seed;
    Thy early and Thy later rain,
    Thy sun and dew we need.

    Our toil is sweet with thankfulness,
    Our burden is our boon;
    The curse of Earth’s gray morning is
    The blessing of its noon.

    But, blest by Thee, our patient toil
    May right the ancient wrong,
    And give to every clime and soil
    The beauty lost so long.
~J. G. Whittier

Just as I desire to till the ground, to dig in dirt, to plant seed, nurture flowers, so our God is a gardener … from the Garden of Eden to the soil of my heart … God tends to his own.

       The LORD will guide you always; 
       he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land 
       and will strengthen your frame. 
       You will be like a well-watered garden, 
       like a spring whose waters never fail.

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