Dr. Adam Geibel, a music publisher, was in need of a new hymn that would be, "sympathetic in tone, breathing tenderness in every line: one that would bring hope to the hopeless." He turned to Austin Miles. The song "In The Garden" was born from the heart of Miles.
The words of the song speak to the hope that Geibel wanted. Coming to the garden of the soul, each person has the ability to hear the voice of God speaking to them as they pray. Walking and talking with God brings hope and joy that no one else can fill but God alone. That hope is what we long for daily.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.