Our Back Garden (photo by Alan Kearns)


O Lord, I call upon You; hasten to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to You!
May my prayer be counted as incense before You;
The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering.
—  Psalm 141:1-2 (NASB)

In Fife Yesterday was a warm humid day, which never quite produced the rain that was threatened. Thus I grudgingly pulled out the hose reel to water the thirsty garden plants, watering is not my favourite gardening duty. As I was finishing of with the rhododendrons the evening was sinking into a pleasant dusk. After locking the hose away in the shed I settled down into our bench, soaking in the pleasant symphony of the neigbourhood birds. I realised I was not alone, Millie our cat was sat on the path listening intently and dreaming of a tasty catch. I watched her reactions to the song thrush singing atop a nearby tree in the neighbouring woods smiling as she swished her tail excitedly. I could also hear the five note repetition of the husky wood pigeons in various locations, yet in unison this evening. Looking into the darkening sky I saw the dark silhouettes of Swallows or maybe Housemartins, it is hard to tell which. In these minutes of peace it was natural for my spirit to admire His Handiwork, which lead me into prayers of thanksgiving. Thankfulness not just for birds and the evening breeze, but also for His loving presence that day. My soul was at rest in that sweet moment of repose in His hands, my heart was confident in Him for this morning.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NASB)

24 thoughts on “An Evening Prayer

    1. Thank you for your encouragement Rainer. If I know a wee bit of geography I am sure the humidity you get in Dallas is off the scale compared to the small amount we get in Scotland. God bless you brother.

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    1. Thank you Sally. In my opinion evening is the best time to enjoy our garden, it can be noisy with the neighbours during the daytime.Incidentally the Swallows/Housemartins are replaced by bats as it gets darker, which are really amazing to watch. May His Holy Spirit guide and bless you today sister.

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      1. That is interesting, Alan. I’ve never seen a real bat. God’s endless creative power amazes us continually. Blessings to you as well, brother. 🤗

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  1. Hi Alan, thank you for your post. God’s perfect timing for me as those same verses and song were shared by a sister at our fellowship meeting last night as an encouragement. We found a different version of the same song on YouTube and played it. I will share your post with her as it will greatly encourage her in current circumstances. Bless you.

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    1. Hallelujah! Praise His name, that is brilliant Nicola! Don’t you just love the magnificence of His hand guiding our distant lives to bless and share blessings? I will remember your friend before the throne of Grace today. May our Father God continue to bless and guide you sister.

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  2. What a beautiful garden you have created, Alan. Your photo took me back to a garden run by a Japanese monk, which I used to visit occasionally when we lived in England. May you have many more glimpses of peace, bliss and oneness, no matter what you have to live with. Love from Ruth xxxx

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    1. Thank you Ruth. Reading your comments reminded me that while out driving home from Cupar recently we discovered a Japanese Garden in the North Fife countryside. We intend to return someday to visit it. Isn’t our God magnificent Ruth, in how He draws us to quiet places to reflect and recharge? May you be blessed in Him today my sister.

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  3. Beautiful words, and wisdom in abundance…enjoying God, and His creation – so easy to get busy trying to care for this and that, but He’s already done much more, on a grander scale . . We are in good hands!

    Andy B

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