Our Gardens

Writers, ever since the time when the book of Genesis was penned, have used gardens in simile and metaphor, and have loved to draw many lessons therefrom. The preparation of the soil, the sowing of the seed, the tending of the early and the later growth, and finally the gathering of the products, have all been written of, until one might almost think the subject had been considered from every possible standpoint. While all this may make the subject appear more or less trite, there are some things from which valuable lessons can never cease to be drawn, and surely the idea of a garden is one of these.

If we think of each one's consciousness as a mental garden, what an amazing variety of vision begins to unfold! In what different states of development the gardens appear, and how manifold their apparent purposes! Some seem made to present only a pleasing impression, with all the best looking plants in the front rows. Others, one must search through long and earnestly to discover the rare beauties hidden away from view. Then there are those which appear to grow only useful things, and yet others which combine the useful and the picturesque. There are prim gardens, where everything seems orderly in the extreme, and careless ones all overgrown with weeds.

Among the Churches
December 9, 1922

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