Dr. Adam Geibel, a music publisher, was in need of a new hymn that would be, "sympathetic in tone, breathing tenderness in every line: one that would bring hope to the hopeless." He turned to Austin Miles. The song "In The Garden" was born from the heart of Miles.
The words of the song speak to the hope that Geibel wanted. Coming to the garden of the soul, each person has the ability to hear the voice of God speaking to them as they pray. Walking and talking with God brings hope and joy that no one else can fill but God alone. That hope is what we long for daily.
“The Real Man Of La Mancha” by Frank Ramirez
“Non Sequitur” by C. David McKirachan
The Real Man Of La Mancha
by Frank Ramirez 2 Corinthians 6:1-13
…but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger… (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)
Our three readings for this week hang together very well. Paul tells us that we need to work together in love, putting behind us the world’s way of doing things in favor of changing the world into the Eden God intended it to be. The Gospel lesson teaches us that miracles are possible, as it describes Jesus sleeping through a violent thunderstorm that rocks the boat, until his disciples wake him to their danger. He immediately rebukes the storm, and wind and wave become completely still.
There was a story in our local paper recently about a local television newsreader who had visited a chiropractor. The chiropractor went off to America to learn some new techniques and on his return rang the newsreader to ask whether she would like to try out his new equipment.