In The Garden by Charles A. Miles
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.
I can remember singing this hymn as a child growing up in Ohio. While I was too young to really appreciate the lyrics, the above refrain always struck me as intriguing. Is it possible to have a God that is so personal, so caring, that he will take the time to walk with ME, talk with ME and tell ME I am his own?
I can remember walking in the woods around my house and feeling close to nature. What I have come to appreciate as I’ve grown older is that I can feel as close to God as I did to the trees, flowers and animals I encountered. The more I realized that, the more this hymn reflects my fond years.
Each day, when I reach out to my God in prayer, I feel as though I have a special rendezvous with him in our little garden. I find myself tingling with anticipation that we will be able to share our joy as we “tarry there”. Thank God for our special time in the garden.
Samuel Hairston, Elementary School Teacher, Canton, OH
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