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Topic: Confident (07/05/07)
TITLE: Miracle in the Garden
By Thomas Kappel
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On Good Friday, Thomas Church, the nursery owner, went to sleep that night, after praying for three hours in the century’s old church down the road; the one with crumbling walls and the leaning steeple of Perryville. He awoke from a most vivid dream in a room filled with a brilliant white light. He sat there in bed stunned as the light slowly faded and the room returned to normal. After that, he rolled out of bed, fell to his knees and, with hands clasped in prayer repeated over and over again, “I’ll do it. I’ll do it. I’ll do it.”
Two years later it was done. On the corner of the Colonial Highway and the turn off to his nursery was a beautiful garden. In the center of the garden was a large circular white marble memorial built with curving grace in design and a single arched doorway entrance.
When it was finished and on that final day, Thomas Church stood in front of the doorway and stared up at the arch. “It’s exactly as I dreamed,” he said softly, and began a walk around the outside of the structure his fingers tracing the letters and words engraved in the marble completely around the outside of the structure.
Confident in God’s Word
Confident in God’s Will
Confident in God’s Plan
Confident Before God
Confident in God’s Help
Confident in God’s Creation
Confident God is with you
Confident God is on your side
Confident God hears your prayers
Confident in God’s Presence
Confident in God’s Reward
Confident in God’s Love
And finally by the main entrance:
Confident in Christ
Confident in Christ’s Salvation
Confident in Eternal Life
Finished with the walk around, Thomas glanced up at the arch and the letters forming the word engraved overhead, Gethsemane, and entered the monument.
Inside, he immediately bowed his head and when he looked up he gasped. Around the inside of the circle of marble were especially hardened olives trees to grow in the colder areas of Virginia and vegetation and plants to form a beautiful garden. But, in the center was the masterpiece.
A large polished granite rock sat in the center of the circle and a statue of Jesus Christ praying in agony was lying slumped over the rock. His hands were clasped in prayer and large beads of sweat ringed his forehead like a crown. A polished copper plaque affixed to the side of the rock stated: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me, nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
Thomas walked to the rock, knelt on a special wooden kneeler there, leaned on the rock, and prayed face to face with the Christ who was supremely confident in his trust and will of His Father.
Finished, Thomas walked outside, head held high, step firm, a smile on his face, and gasped again at the sight. Outside was a line of people waiting their turn in the garden. Word had surely spread far and wide. A line of cars, many from states far away, stretched for miles on the old Colonial Highway going way past the old Perryville church with the crumbling walls and the leaning steeple.
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