Welcome to the Chaplain's Corner
Quiet moments, Contemplation, Inspiration and Prayer.
The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
The Lord God Planted a Garden
By Dorothy Gurney
How many times have I quoted this poem? I seek refuge in my garden when I’m worried, concerned, stressed, restless…..I’m sure you have the idea. Why? Because prayer is easier when I am surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation and the everyday distractions are removed.
Prayer is how we communicate with God. Prayer takes many shapes and forms. Many of us may pray unconsciously. Perhaps you say “arrow” prayers, as one friend of mine calls the instant 5-10 words one may utter in thanks or as a concern, person or need comes to mind. Some may prefer structured prayer as found in the Book of Common Prayer in the Episcopal Church. And others may pray casually in a conversation format. The form of prayer doesn’t matter. God tells us He hears our prayers and answers them. "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
Mark 11:24 (NIV)
In the coming months, I plan to introduce you to a few of the special “gardens” throughout our state that are set aside for quiet moments, contemplation, inspiration and prayer. I hope you will take a brief detour from your travels in our state and a few moments from your hectic schedule to visit one or more of these special places where you may find yourself in God’s presence.
VISIT Mepkin Abbey –A Trappist Monastery
1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd.
Monks Corner, S.C. 29461
Tours are offered at Mepkin Abbey Tuesday through Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. The tranquil grounds are beautiful. You will find numerous gardens, ponds (mind the alligators), many woodland walks, and a relaxing trail along the bluff overlooking the Cooper river. Allow plenty of time….you will wish for more time than you allow. There is a small store on the premises that is not to be missed. Try the “Drizzle”! This is an unusual fruit syrup that is great with Brie, pound cake or my favorite—with chicken.
Christ Episcopal Church,
10 North Church Street Greenville, SC 29601
Christ Church is one of five original Greenville downtown churches. The church is in the National Register of Historic Places, and the church buildings and churchyard “offer a unique assembly of history, Gothic Revival architecture and beauty”. The grounds are lovingly tended. I encourage you to visit the small Memorial garden on the south side of the Church. Here you will find beautiful shrubs, plants and annuals to enjoy while sitting on one of the benches. There is a beautiful white marble altar, as well as plaques to identify those interred within this small, quiet, and peaceful garden. This is a pleasant place for a few minutes intermission when visiting the bustling city.
Praying God’s Word by Beth Moore
The Art of Prayer by Timothy Jones
And When You Pray by Ray Pritchard
Chaplain, Garden Club of South Carolina