As I am writing this it is only February but we have had several warm days and some of the flowers are already blooming! While this is probably ‘false spring’, it does make me excited about the new life and growth that spring brings. As we begin March, we will see more and more flowers, hear and see the birds as they fly about, and just enjoy more time in nature.
In The Garden (sometimes called ‘I Come to the Garden’) was written in 1913 by C. Austin Miles. His inspiration for the song came from reading John 20. You can find out more about the hymn including the lyrics and sheet music at Hymnary.
While this hymn was written with John 20 and the story of Mary at the tomb in mind, it speaks to me today when I think about spending quiet time alone with God. I understand that God is not contained to any one place, but I always feel closest to him when I am outside among his creation. I think this hymn lends itself wonderfully to nature study. You can listen for the birds he made, look for the roses, or with older children have them do their quiet prayer time outside and see how they connect.
Whenever I hear this song it tends to make me slow down just a bit and refocus. It is also one of those songs that stays in my mind all day with the words just replaying themselves in my head. I think this is a great hymn to study, both for its beautiful lyrics and its reminder to us to spend time ‘walking and talking’ with Jesus each day. I hope you enjoy the song and the copy work that I have provided below.
If you want to add a little art to this study, you can check out the In the Garden art lesson with Nana from You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. This is a fun way to engage your little artists in hymn study or your musicians in art. You have access to this lesson if you are an You Are An Artist Clubhouse Member They could also draw what they see in nature or draw a picture of a garden.
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