“In the Garden” is a much loved hymn, as I know from personal experience. It seems like one of those songs, hymns and Christmas carols in particular, that I was born knowing. I must have been so young when I first heard it, that the song is woven into the fiber of my childhood memory.
Although it’s a mystery when I learned the words, I vividly remember learning to play “In the Garden” on piano. It was a request from my uncle, Al, near the end of his battle with cancer. I not only learned the hymn, but recorded a cassette tape of myself playing it, along with other hymns. On our last trip to Connecticut from Pennsylvania, I was able to sing and play the song for uncle Al. It was a precious gift to him and is still a precious memory to me.
I hope you enjoy my zither arrangement of “In the Garden.” It was written by American songwriter C. Austin Miles in 1912 and is still very popular today.
I composed this music on my lyre named Sunny 🙂 after reading the prompt word, veiled, and Sue’s photo description. But the lyrics were spontaneous, and I transcribed them from the recording. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, to write a song in the moment. It is improvisation in a way, but different, because I wanted the lyrics to rhyme. Please let me know what you think of the piece and the process!
Thank you to each and every one who takes the time to listen and comment! I truly appreciate it and hope you are calmed and uplifted!
I can’t see Sue’s photos, but she is kind enough to describe them. Her descriptions and the word prompt speak to the mind’s eye, my imagination. I am a Metaphysician by nature as well as profession, and the prompt always inspires me. Thank you, Sue!
Oh God, thank you for being my life! Thank you for being the power that created me in your image. Thank you for being the source that sustains me every moment. Thank you for being love.
You are the universe, the infinite, eternal substance. You are all there is! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You are mine, and I am yours. Even when I feel separation, I am always with you, because you are with me and within me. You are here, even when I don’t feel you. You are here, even when negativity surrounds me. You are here, even when my mind is full of trouble.
With one single breath, by your power I can move away from negativity, closer to the truth, to your everlasting, ever present truth. Your truth is my essence and resides within me each moment. No matter what I encounter from the world or from the illusions of my mind, your truth, your love, is still my source, my nature, my being. If I have not love, I am nothing.
I am something, I am someone, I am special, because I am your creation. I was not created and left. I am created and kept by you, through you, and in you. Therefore, I always have love, indeed I am love.
I affirm that by giving up the personal ego daily, or as often as needed, I am aware of this truth, your truth, my truth, the truth of love.
By your power that is mine, I am a manifestation of love, I am the Word made flesh. I demonstrate love through my actions, words, thoughts about others, and above all, my thoughts about myself. I speak kindly to myself. Silently and aloud, I affirm love, because love is who and what I really am. Nothing can separate me from love. This is my substance. This is my awareness. This is my truth. This is how I live.
In love I give thanks! I let it be so with every breath I take!
And so it is! Amen.
I Am Love
Original Song on Ukulele
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Thank you for the music
and the instruments I play.
Thank you for the gentle tones
that help me through the day.
Thank you for creative flow
that shows me who I am.
Thank you for the Truth I know:
Because of You, I can!
Bless the flowing music
and the instruments I hold.
Bless the crew and builders,
and let their work unfold.
Bless all those who listen,
and let them be renewed.
In the loving flow of music,
Let us all hear one thing: You!