[In the summer] I give back by doing my weeding and my pruning, which is very relaxing because it’s just me and God’s plants. I try to take care of them like He takes care of me.

Michael Blakeney

Michael Blakeney loves his garden. In this vignette he describes how spending time in the garden gives him the opportunity to share God’s gifts with others.

My father said his prayers in the morning when he got up, for his … thanking God for taking him through the night. And in the summer I would wake up, out of school, and I do today, when I’m at home alone and say, Thank you, God, for taking me through the night.

As you all know, singing is very important to Carolyn and me. And there’s a song from Oklahoma. And it says “O, what a beautiful morning; O, what a beautiful day!” And that’s sort of the beginning of my devotions. And when I was in junior high school, I’d go out in the yard like a nut and just start singing: (sings) “O, what a beautiful morning!” Well, it got me started in the right way, like my father’s devotions. And I still do that.

In the summer in particular we’re receiving God’s gifts, the fruits, the anticipation we had in spring; the plants are in bloom and we can enjoy. And in that enjoyment I give back by doing my weeding and my pruning, which is very relaxing because it’s just me and God’s plants. I try to take care of them like He takes care of me.

So summer is a time for giving back. Part of my devotion whenever I can is to take quiet time and just look at what God’s given us. I am a decorator by profession and I look at the arrangements and I look at His creation and I am totally amazed that I have the gifts — we have been given His beauty, His nature. And that’s one of the most precious gifts He has given us. So I try to give it back by making spaces in my garden for those to relax. My wife, especially, I love to see her just relaxing, reading and nodding in the sun. And she’s safe.

And I can look and say, thank you for letting me to be a part of that.

Regular Sunday Service Schedule: Returns September 24, 2017

8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
9:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with music
10:00 a.m. Parish Forum & Kairos
10:15 a.m. worship.together
Holy Eucharist for families with young children
11:15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

Other Days

Silent morning meditation is offered at 8:15 a.m. weekdays, in the Mary Chapel.

We would love to have you join us.

Location

This Episcopal church is located in the heart of the historic neighborhood of Chestnut Hill, five blocks west of Germantown Avenue at the corner of St. Martin’s Lane and West Willow Grove Avenue.


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