In the Garden Hymn

" I come to the garden alone...  and he walks with me and he talks with me, and he tells me I am his own." 

In the Garden

Words & Music: C. Austin Miles (March 1912)

1.  I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The son of God discloses.


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.

2.  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.

3.  I’d stay in the garden with him
Though the night around me be falling,
But he bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

This hymn was sung in the 1984 mo­vie Plac­es in the Heart,  which won two Acad­e­my Awards.

For meditation, I heartily recommend this video:
In the Garden Hymn with Franz Schubert Impromptu, Op. 90. No. 3, performed by Priscilla Manion.

Here's another version of "In the Garden" sung by the late Elvis Presley.

Video Credit:
In the Garden, Sung by Elvis Presley.  YouTube, uploaded by Marrtinna

Date originally posted:  November 5, 2012
Latest update:  January 17, 2017 

Great is Thy Faithfulness

God's faithfulness is new every morning.

Even if it appears that we are alone, we are not. God is with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us; he promised that. One of my lifelong favourite hymns, "Great is Thy Faithfulness" says: "... Thou changest not thy compassion, they fail not. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." 

And for a significant reason, I've revisited the hymn first thing this morning.

Sometimes in the midst of trials, lingering illness included, we feel so unloved, alone, hurt, unappreciated, and abandoned.  Or, for no reason we are depressed and can't even figure out why. We also feel letdown after some event's excitement only to find we have overspent excessively, perhaps blowing our budget the year through. Well, you are not alone.  But all those things will eventually pass as God shows his faithfulness.

God our Protector

God's timing is never ours.  One moment, something is taken away from us. I used to ask, "why?" a lot before.  Not anymore. Nowadays, I simply look for blessings. 

The Lord has a better plan.  A blessing in disguise.  It no longer surprises me like it did before.  Why? Because I trust that His plan is what is best.  But first, we have to trust Him with all our hearts.

Earlier I was meditating on Psalm 91. What a reminder somewhere in my readings - a lovely psalm of protection...

Blessed Assurance Hymn

Famous hymn-writer Fanny Crosby reflects:  "My friend, Mrs. Jo­seph F. Knapp, com­posed a mel­o­dy and played it over to me two or three times on the pi­a­no. She then asked what it said. I re­plied, “Bles­sed as­sur­ance, Je­sus is mine!""

This hymn was sung in the 1985 Acad­e­my Award win­ning mo­vie, “Trip to Bount­i­ful.”