Remember and Celebrate

Category: The Garden Lessons

September 23, 2017

Remembering and Celebrating on the Weekend #2 — Change and God’s Faithfulness “Be Still My Soul”

This week I’ve been mulling over the words to this old hymn, “Be Still My Soul“ by German author, Katarina von Schlegel.* On occasion, I wake up with a song on repeat in my brain.  It’s not surprising to me when this happens as God often uses music to speak to my heart and this time...

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December 5, 2016

Clear, Crisp, Sunshiny Days – I Still Need You

I have always loved this photo – a beautiful sunshiny day at the Botanic Gardens. The slow drift of wet snow throughout the day yesterday into the evening reminded me of a visit to the Gardens after another snowstorm a number of years ago and my written response to the images of that day as...

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January 27, 2016

Sacred Spaces

I am part of an online group of women who are what I like to call, “of a certain age.” I think it’s women over 50 and on this my 68th birthday, I am reminded I qualify with flying colors. Each week there is a word for us to ponder on or maybe even blog...

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October 6, 2014

Through Your Eyes to Mine

You and I were taking our first stroll through Botanic Gardens since my knee replacement surgery and it was like old times! As we always do after we walk out of the visitors center, we swung right to walk down to the water through the Ellipse with it's brilliantly colored mums contrasting with the boxwood...

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February 3, 2014

Signs & Questions

I first posted this a little over two years ago, in September 2011. In January, I was looking for a blog post to take to a writer's group. And there it was. The circumstancees were different then, but the message is still the same and is pertinent for me now,(third paragraph particularly), over two and...

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August 28, 2013

Be still my soul – even in change

Oh how difficult stillness can be, through life changes, yet this is the only place peace can be found. On this day, I am still as I remember. On this day, August 28, 1959,  a tiny baby sister was born, and being too frail for life in this world, she also died the same day....

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February 10, 2012

A couple minutes of rest

Snow, blue sky, clouds, bare trees. . . I see them from my corner table at the Garden Cafe. The earth is resting. Maybe the earth knows best. Time to be . . . Just a few minutes to accomplish nothing Why does it feel so wasteful? The breaths come further apart Muscles unwind And...

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November 1, 2011

Borrowed Views

It is a beautiful day for a “prayerful walk” in Botanic Gardens. I am headed over to the Serpentine Bridge, when I pass the sign to the “Council Ring.”  It’s one of those places that isn’t on the way to anything else. – a “destination” kind of place – a quiet reflective place to sit,...

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September 26, 2011

Signs, The Future and Trust

  Lord, As I walk into the Gardens today, I ask You to help me be aware pay attention Perhaps there is something here you want me to see something you want to tell me today. My mind has been full of questions . . . . mostly questions about the future where will we…....

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May 9, 2011

celebrating a friend

    A couple weeks ago, on  April 28 I spent time with my mentor/spiritual director friend, Shirley and we celebrated 5 years of friendship. Our first visit to Botanic Gardens when I was deeply hurting, was 5 years ago! I wrote the following about a year ago and sent it to her.  And I...

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