Our granddaughter, Jamie, recently texted to us a photo of a secret garden on Kanuga Lake, part of a 1400 acre retreat and conference center in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The garden which is sculpted from the pine forest on the grounds, features a large cross, the revered symbol of Christianity.
The tranquil scene recalls to mind the gift of peace that Jesus bequethed to us in his last will and testament recorded in the Gospel of John:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The serenity of mind and soul the Prince of Peace willed to us is the peace the host of angels sang of when they joyfully announced to the shepherds at Jesus’ birth, “Peace on earth, good will toward men.”
Unlike the peace the world offers which is superficial and will ultimately perish, the peace that Jesus accorded us is true, boundless and everlasting.
In the words “...my peace I give to you,” Jesus promised that the tranquility of mind and soul and heart that we observe in him, can be ours if we simply believe in him and accept the gift he has freely given to us.
Without a doubt, the garden on Kanona Lake is a calm and tranquil scene that enriches our senses. Accepting Christ’s gift stimulates perfect peace within.
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.