Archive for March, 2012

Last Day of Winter

It’s official: the calendar says March 19.  Today is the last day of winter, so tomorrow is the first day of spring.  Officially.

Here in the Israel Prayer Garden, spring arrived after the last cold snap in early March.  We are enjoying the early signs of spring as we pull weeds, prune, transplant, and spread fresh layers of mulch.  The almond blossoms have passed, leaving in their wake the early-blooming perennials, irises, and wildflowers.

Yesterday, the garden was alive with human visitors.  Because the Tabernacle and Arbor are receiving new ceiling insulation, the local body met outdoors for a time of food and fellowship.  John Dickson, that banjo-playing worship leader, assembled a group of musicians on Ephraim’s threshing floor.  What a soundtrack that was!  On Solomon’s Porch, Kim Comeau and her faithful group of hostesses served desserts and beverages.  Out in the Gentile Field, friends and families gathered around the fire pits to share freshly-prepared meats, potato salads, guacamole, and lots of other delicious goodies.

As I walked through the gardens munching on a tasty fajita (courtesy of our own Jesus de la Cruz), I was overwhelmed with joy to see this place alive with joy and communion.  It was truly a foretaste of glory.  I know our Father was pleased.

Wherever you are, get ready for spring, and thank the Creator of every good and perfect gift for a new season.


Spring Approaches

For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.  The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell.”

Song of Solomon 2:11-13

Hopefully, the rain is not over and gone–this is Texas, after all!  But the flowers are blooming in abundance, the birds are singing with a new sweetness, and Ephraim’s fig tree is swelling with buds. Warmer and longer days beckon us to the garden with new projects and plantings.  We have even put the chickens to work, tilling up the ground around the potting shed in anticipation of landscaping the space.

Ed and Klancy Cunningham spent two days in the garden this week, positioning and hanging the beautiful birdhouses Ed built.  Thankfully, Jesus was available to climb the ladder!  In addition to two birdhouses in the Israel Prayer Garden, Ed also built several  more houses and an owl nesting box for the Gentile Garden.  We may not have turtledoves, but we do share our garden space with Eastern Bluebirds, wrens, robins, and a host of other feathered friends.  Thank you, Ed and Klancy!

Earlier this year, Candi MacAlpine of Destiny Training Center sent us a beautiful Ten Commandments tablet.  This new Torah tablet is a 30-pound granite stone quarried from the geographical center of California in Raymond.  Candi presented this as a gift from Destiny and the Heart of California to the Israel Prayer Garden  This week, Jesus removed the temporary Torah tablet and created branched arms to hold the new granite tablet.  Thank you, Candi, for this incredible representation of covenant in the Garden.

As spring continues its welcome approach, our labors of love in the garden increase and intensify.  Every morning, new flowers and foliage welcome us.  And every morning, we hear and understand the last part of Song of Solomon 2:13:  “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!”  God’s loving kindness is so easy to receive in the Garden!

Shabbat Shalom,