19 | botanic gardens | peek whurrong country #Lent 2023

Two views from the gardens.

1. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. (Psalm 23:1-2)

I was by myself at the pond and just ‘felt’ the words, ‘He leads me beside still waters.’ I felt a stillness in me and a sense of God’s purpose for us to soak in nature. I sat and soaked up the sense of these waters, and observed playfully a family of ducks being led by still waters. Ω

Lent - Botanic Gardens - Tanya

2. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, your right hand shall hold me fast. (Psalm 139:10)

Way back in 2020, we reflected in church on the story of Moses and the burning bush, and how God caught Moses’ attention via shrubbery. The congregation was asked, has a plant or tree ever made you aware of God’s presence? Perhaps you remember one kid’s response. He told us about his favourite tree: a Moreton Bay fig in the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens.

The roots, he said, were ‘like the hand of God’ holding him. Ω

What is this? Lent is the 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter. Traditionally it is a time of reflection and pilgrimage. To help you on this journey, Sanctuary has put together daily stories and images from people in the congregation which are focused on God in this place. Why this theme? Read this! #Lent2023. Our Spiritual Geography © Sanctuary, 2023. Sanctuary is based on Peek Whurrong country. Full acknowledgement of country here

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