Gardens are magical places. God created the first garden and the risen Lord was first seen in a garden.  What stops us entering God’s garden?

 

Mr Craven had dreams of a garden that his late wife had loved. It held only painful memories for him that stopped him going back until he felt called to return.  On entering he found his lost love, new love and new life.

 

 

‘Colin put out his hand and laid it on his father’s arm. “Aren’t you glad, Father?” he ended. “Aren’t you glad?  I’m going to live for ever and ever and ever!”’

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

I stand up, sure of one thing and one thing only. That my father will come and get me.

He won't give me a lecture, he won't try to teach me a lesson. He won't ask a thousand questions or ask me to apologize.

He'll just come and get me.  "Just tell me where you are.”

Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child.

Listen to the don'ts.

Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.

Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me...

Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”

Shel Silverstei

“I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.”

Ronald Reagan


And I wonder if they would be accepted or changed if they were to be reviewed by our Parliamentary Parties? Would there be opposition, would some say they go too far and impinge on an individual’s rights whilst others say they are not strict enough?

What do you think would be the result should the Church hold a ‘Brexit’ like referendum to discover if we should continue to follow these Laws?  (Remember, only a fraction of those calling themselves Christian actually read the scriptures or go to church. They also have a vote.)

“Do all the good you can.

By all the means you can.

In all the ways you can.

In all the places you can.

At all the times you can.

To all the people you can.

As long as ever you can.” 

John Wesley

Thought for the Week 
What a privilege we Christians have when confessing our sins in the firm faith that Jesus has already atoned for them. Our blemished lives are restored in full and we return to the world ready to start a new life.  

“...only the high priest can enter the Holy of Holies, and on only one day a year, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when all sins of Israel are wiped clean. On this day, the high priest comes into the presence of God to atone for the whole nation. If he is worthy of God's blessing, Israel's sins are forgiven. If he is not, a rope tied to his waist ensures that when God strikes him dead, he can be dragged out of the Holy of Holies without anyone else defiling the sanctuary.” 

  Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth