In the Garden

This song is one of my personal favorites:

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

Those lyrics have always hit home for me. While growing up in a church where I hold more bad than good ones, this song always hit home for me. I spent the majority of my afternoons walking through our family’s garden and orchard.

I often found myself asking the question…how could one see all of this and not believe that Someone greater created it? How? Then, I could hear God’s still small voice whispering within and all around me…He still captivates me this way.

Charles Austin Miles, a pharmacologist and photographer who made his greatest mark as a hymnist and writer of gospel songs, including this one. In March of 1912, he was in his darkroom waiting for some film to develop and while waiting, he read through the story of Jesus’ resurrection in John 20. He imagined himself in that garden with the empty tomb and visualized the wonder of seeing his risen Lord. It was out of that experience that this amazing hymn was written:

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.
Refrain

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.

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.

I’ve included the version sung by Christy Nockels, a woman who has been blessed with the voice of angels. Enjoy!

Then the disciples were glad were glad when they saw the Lord. John 20:20

 

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