Second Meditation
(Second Conversation)

"By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren... Little children, let us not love in word or speech but in deed and in truth…And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who keep his commandments abide in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit which he has given us." (1)


For love, the Master Gardener,
Entrusted this space to her care:
He provides what is best for her;
She strives to serve with constant prayer.

This prayer envelopes all her tasks;
She works for Him who is all good.
Without regard for self, she asks,
For strength to serve Him as she should.

In success, she applauds His grace;
In failure, she begs for mercy.
Humility holds her in place
With ears to hear and eyes to see.

Love for Him is her sole motive,
In ev'ry moment of her days;
In forgetting her self, to live:
At His hand, for Him, in all ways.

In her space, irrigation flows;
Love nurtures all life as it grows.

In our weaknesses, may the Master Gardener provide us with the means to serve Him with love nourished in constant prayer.

1. 1 John 3:16,18,23-24

(c) Paul Buis, 2004