The Garden of Reflection and Tranquillity
Seen from above the garden of reflection and tranquillity is laid out in the shape of a Celtic cross. The layout suggests the journey of life for us all. The entrance gate depicts the moment of birth; the path forward leads inexorably to the grave.
The four corner shrubberies represent four stages of life, Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood and Old age.
The circular bed depicts eternity, which the Christian experiences throughout life and also in death.
Growing above the Stone circle in the middle of the garden is a small tree, laden throughout the year with red berries. It represents the ‘Tree of life’ but also reminiscent of the burning bush in Exodus, and the Cross in the New Testament. It symbolises that at the centre of our passage through this life and our way into the next is the Christ who is the way, the truth and the life.’
The stepping stones which radiate fom the central circle point North, South, East and West, reminding us that Christ is with us wherever we travel.
The stepping stones suggest narrow paths, leading towards Christ, reminiscent of Our Lord’s words that his way is narrow, and is therefore not easy to follow.
The entire garden is pebbled. It is less comfortable to walk on when we stray from the true path. The occasional shrubs which are planted in the stones, remind us that there are temptations and attractions which often lure us from the way of Christ.
The seats are positioned to remind us that throughout life’s journey we all need times for peace and spiritual refreshment, to rest awhile, and to be still in the presence of the Lord.
Come unto me, all you who labour and are heavily burdened and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28)
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.
(1 Peter 5:7)
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: