“Blessed is the man….who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1:1 – 3)
Gardening in the summer with its challenges of heat and lack of water… enables us to examine the key analogies with our own lives, such as watering, supporting and staking plants, weeding, protecting crops from bugs and disease and sowing new crops where earlier crops may have failed.
Summer themed Quiet Days offer opportunities to connect with different features of summer and link them with aspects of God – his character, purpose and provision for his creation, in this season of warmth and fruitfulness.
We will also reflect on the discipline of reading the Bible and see how it can help and provide comfort during the “drought” periods of our lives.
Creative space and time to ‘be’ in the outdoors, are core elements of Parable Garden Quiet Days. Walking in the garden or countryside, stillness, quiet, prayer and creative activities such as gardening, writing and artwork may also be included in the programmes.
God is always wanting to bring transformation and growth into our lives. Space is given to consider how we respond when faced with a new and challenging opportunity.