We purchased great looking bedding plants. I watered and planted them in moisten soil. My work was finished. All I had to do is enjoy the color as they grew during our beautiful summer season.

To my disappointment, a week later the flowers seemed smaller and faded. I took a closer look and discovered several plants were lying on top of the ground and other flowers were dry. Hungry rabbits had chewed and jerked some, and the others were suffering from days without rain.

As I replanted and watered them, I thought of our recent HLA graduates who now are engaged in summer activities in several states and countries. I wondered what temptations are gnawing and pulling on them? Are they being watered in God’s promises of daily forgiveness and hope?

I prayed the Master Gardener to tend and nourish these young plants, to be a better gardener than I.

I remember a recent statement that Hillcrest is a place where young lives are daily nourished in Christ and His Word. It is a place of spiritual care and development. I can attest to that. I have seen these “plants” grow and blossom showing the Gardener’s creative and redemptive grace. They make a beautiful garden.

Israel sang that the person who delights in the Lord “is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers,” (Psalm 1:3 NIV).

As you pray for our students, welcome the Gardener’s renewing work in your life and enjoy the growing season.

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