In the Garden

In the Garden

One of the most lovely of songs (a hymn), is In the Garden. It has an almost dreamy effect when sung or hummed, as if the rise and fall of every note is a footstep taken alongside our Savior in a heavenly, dewy garden. Here is Perry Como’s Rendition – In the Garden, which I share mainly because my mom, who requested this be played at her funeral, appreciated the beauty of his voice and I was raised on it, among many others, most of which I didn’t appreciate at the time.

Perhaps most beautiful about In the Garden is the idea of it, of actually walking in a garden with Jesus. The intimacy of such a conversation with the Son of God! Him, a friend, a companion in the garden. Listen to Him share His insights. Learn from Him, laugh with Him. Feel cared for, loved and secure! What joy!

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

But, as is the case with so many favorite hymns, it was written in troubled times, “in a cold, dreary and leaky basement in Pitman, New Jersey that didn’t even have a window in it let alone a view of a garden.” (Thank you, Wikipedia.)

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Tho’ the night around me be falling;
But He bids me go; thro’ the voice of woe,
His voice to me is calling.

Woe includes having to write music in a dark damp basement, yet, as the author, C. Austin Miles, notes, it is where He calls to us, reminds us to seek Him, to draw close to HIm, because He will never leave us or forsake us. He walks with us and talks with us in dark damp basements. Those times are special, intimate and full of lessons and learning and joy, too.

Refrain: 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.

So be it with you and me. May we share many a walk and talk with Jesus in the days and years ahead, in gardens and in basements, until we share such intimacy with Him in heaven!

by Jill Cristao, Director of Connections