Forgiving Grace

Day by Day Devotions

Our God is such a gentleman He opens doors for us all the time and He will even close the doors when the time comes to an end. Sometimes He cautions me before I open the door for myself instead of waiting on Him. Even then He will love me through my journey. There is a special door He wants to open everyday and that is the door to my time with Him. One of my favorite hymns is “In the Garden”.

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

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.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

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’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

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.

My first memory of this beautiful song was is very near and dear to my heart.  I was at Ridgecrest Baptist Assembly in North Carolina for Young Women’s Auxiliary (YWA) week.  I have just really dated myself on this one.  I was running late for church service one night and decided to take a short cut through the ‘Prayer Garden’.  It was really kind of spooky, it was just after dusk and there were no lights on.  That is until I was about three feet inside the gate.  The softly glowing lanterns began to come on one at a time and then the music began playing.  You guessed it “In the Garden”.  I was so overwhelmed with the beauty and majesty of the moment I just stopped and enjoyed the closeness of the Holy God whom I had not yet come to know.  I was in the garden alone with God and I had not come to the point in my life where I could really understand what was happening.

Now, these many years later, I can appreciate what happened that evening and would love to go back and sit in that same prayer garden again, just my Heavenly Father and me alone in the garden. It is impossible for me to go back to North Carolina whenever I need a prayer garden as I would like so God has given me two prayer gardens one at home at one very close by.  I can pray anywhere but when I need to be truly alone with God I go to one of these two places.  My Heavenly Father is there when I am ready and He affords me more grace than I deserve as I unload all of my burdens onto his shoulders.  The joy we share during these times is truly like none other I have ever known.

Dear Heavenly Father, I know your door is always open to me and I am free to enter at any time.  My sin gets in the way more times than not.  Thank you for your forgiving grace a grace I don’t deserve.  Amen.

 

Betty Lacy