Diana Leagh Matthews shares with us: "Dr. Adam Geibel, a music publisher, asked pharmacists and composer, C. Austin Miles, to write a hymn that would bring hope.
C. Austin Miles
Miles retreated to ” a cold, dreary and leaky basement in New Jersey that didn’t even have a window in it let alone a view of a garden,” according to his great-granddaughter.
Miles turned to his Bible and read John 20:18 about the meeting of Jesus and Mary Magdalene in the garden, after the resurrection.
Miles said he could see the scene unfold before him while he read the scripture passage. He wrote the song and thought that it would make a great Easter song.
Miles would later explain the experience this way:
“One day in April 1912, I was seated in the dark room,
where I kept my photographic equipment and organ. I
drew my Bible toward me; it opened at my favorite
chapter, John 20—whether by chance or inspiration let
each reader decide.
That meeting of Jesus and
Mary had lost none of its power
and charm. As I read it that day,
I seemed to be part of the scene.
I became a silent witness to that
dramatic moment in Mary’s life,
when she knelt before her Lord,
and cried, “Rabboni!”
My hands were resting on the Bible while I stared at
the light blue wall. As the light faded, I seemed to
be standing at the entrance of a garden, looking
down a gently winding path, shaded by olive branches.
A woman in white, with head bowed, hand clasping
her throat, as if to choke back her sobs, walked slowly
into the shadows. It was Mary.
As she came to the tomb, upon which she placed her
hand, she bent over to look in, and hurried away. John,
in flowing robe, appeared, looking at the tomb; then
came Peter, who entered the tomb, followed slowly
As they departed, Mary reappeared; leaning her head
upon her arm at the tomb, she wept. Turning herself,
she saw Jesus standing, so did I. I knew it was He.
She knelt before Him, with arms outstretched and
looking into His face cried, “Rabboni!”
I awakened in sun light, gripping the Bible, with
muscles tense and nerves vibrating.
Under the inspiration of this vision I wrote as quickly
as the words could be formed the poem exactly as it
had since appeared. That same evening I wrote the
The popular hymn was first published in 1912. The song
was originally made popular by Billy Sunday Evangelistic
Campaigns and many people around the world fell in love
with this hymn.
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans recorded a popular version in
1950, In the Garden was one of the hymns Elvis loved to
We ask for more information on songs, like what Diana shares with us. Bless her efforts to help us understand what folks went through, to give us songs of faith. www.singingthesonginmyheart.com
May we appreciate her efforts, and others, to share with us information that blesses us, and helps us appreciate what others have gone through in order to give us such blessed songs of inspiration.
I ask this in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Today’s Bible verse:Ps. 17:6, 8 "I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech. Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings."
Today’s quote:David Roper – “God doesn’t call
us to find fulfillment in the amount of work we do for him, or the number of
people who are a part of that work, but in faithfully doing our work for His
sake. Serving our great God with His strength in a small way is not a
stepping-stone to greatness— it is greatness.”
Some thoughts today: As a Christian, you have the best Boss there is! If you have excellent ethics, it'll effect all that you do. It should allow Christ to help you be the best you can, in whatever you do.
- Let the Light of Christ shine through all you choose to do. Dig up old dreams and visions, and begin to walk in them with His help.
- As in the post above, let your simple efforts become big in God's Hands. Big opportunities hide in oppositions. Don't despise small beginnings.
10th- Sunday’s post:Doubt vs. Faith Jean Oathout
10th- evening's post:To God Be the Glory Heather Ricks
12th- Tuesday's post:#108 Spiritual Dependency C. Peter Wagner
14th- Thursday's post:#109 Emotional Dependency C. Peter Wagner
Outrageous Grace was written by missionary Grace Fabian In this book, Grace quoted the following from pgs 39-40 of Elizabeth Elliot in Worldwide Challenge. January 1978: “In almost anything I offer to Christ, my reaction would be,‘what is the good of that?’ "