Meditation written by Cathy Tamsberg.
Read by Felicia Roper.
It is likely that many among us will spend a portion of this day either preparing to plant a garden, enjoying the approach of spring by being outdoors, or gazing through a window at the greening of the earth. Lent is a private garden we can enter if we choose. So I share this poem chosen by sculptress Anna Hyatt Huntington to be placed at the gate of Brookgreen Gardens in 1959—and ask that you overlook the male references to God used at the time. Brookgreen is located near Murrell’s Inlet, S.C., and includes an unparalleled collection of outdoor sculpture, many by Ms. Huntington, beautiful gardens, and centuries-old live oak trees.
Inscription for a Garden Gate
Pause, friend, and read before you enter here
This vine-clad wall encloses holy ground.
Herein a mellowed garden dreams away the years,
Steeped in serene, sweet light and muted sound.
Herein tranquility and peace abide,
For God walks here at cool of evening-tide.
Pause, friend, and strip from out your heart
All vanity, bitterness, all hate;
Quench, for this hour, the fever of your fears.
Then, treading softly, pass within this gate.
There, where the ancient trees wait hushed and dim,
May you find God and walk awhile with Him.
–Pearl Council Hiatt
This meditation is from “Lent: Sowing Season, Holy Time,” a collection of daily readings by Associate Pastor Cathy Tamsberg. Each day during Lent, from Ash Wednesday, February 13, 2013, to Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013, a new excerpt read by a member of the Pullen congregation will be made available. To hear each day’s reading as it is published, subscribe to Pullen’s RSS feed, or listen to the podcast in iTunes.