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The Gardener And My Garden III

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The Gardener and My Garden III

by Lewis Hamilton
from the book “The Gardener and My Garden” c1997

The Gardener stopped by
the other day
to tend my new garden
in his usual way

But I still didn’t see
the results of his wear
so I asked him,
why aren’t there flowers out there?

The gardener was patient
He smiled at me,
Your flowers are growing
even though you don’t see

There are rules we must follow
so your flowers will grow tall
and the first one we know
they must start very small

The seed must be planted
deep rooted and sound
It must grow strong and healthy
before coming out of the ground

The seeds have been planted,
the weeds are all gone
keep checking your garden,
you’ll have flowers before long!

So I checked my new garden
and one day I found
tiny little plant life
had come out of the ground

The plants looked so helpless
so I made the call,
Mr. Gardener, you’re mistaken,
these aren’t flowers at all

The gardener came by quickly,
he seemed, oh so pleased
He cared for those little plants
that to me looked like weeds

They don’t look like much
but I know what they’ll be
Just watch as they grow
then you will see

The most beautiful flowers
that you ever saw
Cause we did things with patience
and followed the law

Have faith in your gardener,
please listen to me,
What makes beautiful flowers
are things you can’t see

One day I looked out
and I saw something new,
these little plants had grown
one foot, maybe two!

The colors were beautiful
in those flowers so tall
But there was a new beauty
I’d never thought of at all

The most beautiful part
of these flowers, I mean
was not their fine colors
but what couldn’t be seen.

Beauty beneath the colors
Beauty beneath the colors

So we fix our eyes not on what
is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary,
but what is unseen is eternal.

II Corinthians 4:18

The Gardener and My Garden II

by Lewis Hamilton
from the book “The Gardener and My Garden” c1997

The gardener stopped by
the other day
to look at my flowers
in his usual way

But I told him the weeds
had taken it over
and I didn’t have
a garden anymore

Can you ever forgive me?
I heard myself say
If your advice I had taken,
I’d have flowers today

Those weeds that took over
at first didn’t look bad
But look out there now,
the view is so sad

I guess it’s too late
This mistake I have found,
trying to do it myself,
I’ve ruined the ground

I’m sorry, Mr. Gardener
Your work is so fine
You better see other gardens
so they don’t end up like mine

The gardener turned to me
There was hope in his voice
We can start a new garden
I’ll make it your choice

Let me pull all those weeds
Now give me the reign
to plant some new flowers
all over again

Let me come out early
and work every day
Let me make this ground over
Don’t get in the way

Your flowers will grow beautifully
as you will see
when you take yourself out
and leave the gardening to me

He worked oh so carefully
but it didn’t seem fair,
each day I looked out
he was always there

I told him I’d pay him
He said, No this is free
When they look at these flowers
they’ll be looking at me.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; the old has
gone, the new has come!

II Corinthians 5:17

The Gardener and My Garden

By Lewis Hamilton…
From the book The Gardener and My Garden c1997

The Gardener stopped by
the other day
to look at my flowers
in his usual way

But I told him my flowers
were fine and ok
and he should look at
other gardens today

I said there are yards
with no flowers at all
and the last time I looked
my flowers were tall

But the gardener kept asking
in his own gentle way
Let me take a good look
of your garden today

I told him again
that my garden was fine
You may look it all over
but it’s a waste of your time

He said with compassion
in his own gentle way
Let me look at the growth
of your flowers today

So he studied my flowers
that seemed to be fine
He examined the soil
for such a long time

He rose up quickly
and with a swift pace
He walked over to me
there was hurt on his face

There are weeds in your garden
he finally sighed
His eyes met mine slowly
and for a moment he cried

How can a good garden
with flowers so fine
become so neglected
in such a short time?

I told you to water
these beautiful plants
and use some weed killer
so weeds have no chance

To come in between them
and take up their space
Now you have killer weeds
all over the place

Oh those I said quickly
There was a surprise tone
I was hoping Mr. Gardener
we could leave those alone

You see I’d kind of like
to keep those old weeds
and I think their ok there
so on your way please

There was hurt in his voice
and tears in his eyes
He spoke very firmly
Your flowers will die

I give you this warning
Now please, please take heed
There cannot be flowers
in the midst of these weeds

Yes make now your choice
I give you my oath
You can have either flowers
or weeds, but not both.

No one can serve two masters
Matthew 6:24

Chapter 1 The Weeds

Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world the love of the father is not with him.

I John 2:15

The Gardener and My Garden (the book)

book cover
A Christian Poem Book 140 poems that will touch your heart!

The Gardener represents Jesus and the Garden represents our hearts.  As we give the Gardener control over our heart he is able to do some wonderful things in our lives!  However there are many obstacles on the way and most of them are caused by our unwillingness to give him everything.  We constantly give control to him only to take it back.  The weeds are whatever gets in the way of our relationship to God.  The weeds don’t have to be bad things.   However, when we let those things get in the way of our daily walk they become weeds in our garden.!  Our weeds must be constantly taken care of or they destroy the garden.  I hope that you will follow me on the path through life’s struggles, failures, confrontations, and victories on our way through the poetry of The Gardener and My Garden!

Lighten Up Your Load

By Lewis Hamilton

From the book “The Gardener and My Garden” c1997

Sometimes it’s hard to understand
how God can be so kind
He blesses in so many ways
it almost blows my mind

Perhaps it is a special friend
or something I will read
To give me strength to run the race
and faith that I will need

This book is meant to help you too
as you travel your life’s road
My prayer is he will use these poems
to lighten up your load

Carry each others burdens, and in this way
you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

The Gardener and My Garden

On September 1, 1992 our daughter Rebecca died of spinal meningitis, a disease that struck her over a weekend and took her from us quickly.  We  met a pastor during our time of grief and started attending his little church.  During a sermon about fresh fire I felt in my spirit that I was supposed to write a poem about the topic.  In the next 4 years or so poems started coming to me while in prayer, asleep, or during a sermon.  It felt like a way God was comforting me during this time of grief and questioning.  As the poems accumulated someone from the church stated that I should write a book!    The book was really already written at that point.  I went through the poems and made up 4 chapters.  Ironically there are four poems about The Gardener and My Garden which I had titled one through four.  With each chapter came all of the poems that related to that particular Gardener poem.  It pieced together so smoothly that I knew that only the Lord could put something so beautiful together and I was thankful that I was his instrument!  So that was the beginning of the book that was printed and shared with family, friends, friends of friends, and so many I never knew before.  Now I’m feeling it is the time to share this with you and the many people out there who may need help with the load they are carrying!

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