God is a gardener. At the beginning of time He plants and walks around in the Garden of Eden. The risen Christ appears in a garden (and is mistaken for a gardener). And the end of time culminates in a beautiful garden-city called New Jerusalem.
God’s gardening work extends into my life as a prayer by Philip F. Reinders in Seeking God’s Face reminded me afresh. I invite you to make this prayer your own as I did.
Creator God, garden my life –
— turn it over,
— cultivate it,
— and make it ready for gospel seeds to take root.
And in quiet darkness let the gospel do its work,
— slow but powerful,
— — stirring up life in my heart,
— increasing joy,
— — strengthening all your graces
until shoots of new life rise and good fruit
— bursts forth on the branches of my life,
— — a life beautiful for you
— — and a blessing to others. Amen.
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Here’s another prayer with a similar theme. It’s written by Handt Hanson and it’s one you can sing.