The garden

“We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien

“When Adam ate the irrevocable apple, Thou
Saw’st beyond death the resurrection of the dead”

C.S. Lewis

(Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia / Julie Cook / 2016)

There once was a garden that was perfect in every sense.
There were no need for boundaries nor signs, not even a single fence.

Its beauty was undeniable as its splendor was amazing.
There were animals of every shape and size contently roaming and grazing.

The trees grew tall and the pastures lush, as the bushes grew full and wide…
While all manner of flower and fruit blossomed with unapologetic pride.

God sweetly handed man the keys proclaiming that he should now enjoy,
Creation could but only hope for a happy ending to this perfect story…

But happiness and peace were not to be this story’s blissful end…
For there was far more trauma and tragedy that this writer should have penned…

There were whispered lies and falsehoods uttered, as selfishness stepped on stage.
With the die being cast and death now laughing, it is only sorrow for this new age..

The gates to this most beautiful place were sealed and tightly locked.
As both seraphim and cherubim stood to the side confused and terribly shocked…

Forever banished now is Adam, with Eve right by his side…
Along with every hope and dream, which has each now quickly died…

Death this tragic day was given dominion over this now broken world…
As chaos and madness mixed together and evil loomed and swirled…

Our generation is no different from the rest with each now having come and gone…
We wonder if today’s the day as we look beyond this morning’s dawn.

Will Christ come riding triumphantly upon the clouds so white…
And will this once beautiful garden ever be returned to earth’s most anxious sight?

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.
Revelation 22:1-3

7 comments on “The garden

  1. DeniseBalog says:

    Your beautiful post and poem brought tears to my eyes this morning. I, too, woke thinking of the day ahead and the difficulties to be faced stepping into it. Yesterday, no different than the “gentiles” asking, “where is your God?”, but waking today “remembering” His faithfulness!! Of course, HE will Save us!! Yes, and the twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month” I have never seen these trees as the children and their “birthdays/months” where I am blessed to spend these “difficult” days. They are the fruit of His tree. Hearts longing for love and acceptance. Believing above all things, today is the day that the Lord hath made! Thank you for your lovely poem and post. I step into the day, into the river of life, Life in Him Who loves me blessed to be surrounded by His little children as we wait in confident expectation for His return on His white horse of love and victory! Come Lord Jesus!! Amen!! Thank you:)

  2. Ya know I’ve pondered that scenario over and over in my life and wonder if at any time there were ever two people who would not have done what Adam and Eve did, and the answer is always a resounding no. And the fact that soon afterwards the first murder occurred with their offspring did hot bode well for mankind either. But every time that mankind has “shot itsself in the foot” as it were, God is there to forgive, redeem, and restore those who will accept His magnanimous offer. And then when that wasn’t enough for our rotten species, He sent His son to die a horroble death and take on all our sins! Who does that????? Only a holy, holy, holy God and father!!! And why that, when revealed the them, doesn’t bring everyone on the planet to his/her knees is completely beyond my ability to comprehend. Love and hugs, N 🙂 ❤

  3. […] To help me fill my “didn’t write anything” gap is a great post by my friend Julie from Cookie Crumbs to Live By […]

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