My soul, praise the Lord!
Every part of me, praise his holy name!
My soul, praise the Lord
and never forget how kind he is!
He forgives all our sins
and heals all our sicknesses.
He saves us from the grave,
and he gives us love and compassion. – Psalm 103: 1-4
GARDEN OVERWHELM: One of the big challenges about having two houses next door to one another is staying on top of both gardens. Long story short, it’s not happening! I’m way behind, due to time, a couple of bad allergy weeks, my chronic lack of gardening zeal, and a dozen other really good excuses!
I’ve shared some posts this spring about the good progress we’re making with the Maul-Hall garden (the right of the lead picture) but next door I’ve barely stayed up with mowing, let alone the fine-tuning and imagination a good garden requires.
Enter good – really good – Wake Forest Presbyterian friends stage left.
GARDEN HELP! My friend Larry thinks my mum and dad deserve a really good English Country Garden. I’m inclined to agree, but there’s no way I can make it happen. So last year Larry put in close to 500 daffodil bulbs in the back garden. This year he’s gone bonkers in the front.
There’s so much cool stuff in this garden now I can’t even keep up with the names. But there is one classification/genus/species that’s taking root beautifully, and it’s called “love.” Love does a lot in our community, and one of the things it’s doing around here is making my parents’ garden beautiful.
And that makes me happy.
We talked yesterday in this blog about the best ways to communicate the good news of the Gospel of Love. Well Larry is doing it in a way that brings the beauty of God’s creativity into my parents’ front garden, and it serves as such a true and eloquent testimony to the good news.
I talk about my grateful heart a lot in this space. Well I can’t say enough. So I’ll default to a good old standard; you can sing along to any tune that you’re familiar with and that blesses your soul.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow; Praise God all creatures here below; Praise God above you heavenly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” – Psalm 103:2
Check out some of the progress at my mum and dad’s front garden in the photo gallery below (and feel free to come pull weeds whenever you’re in the neighborhood!).
Peace and blessings – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.