Blossoming Hope: Persistent Gardeners

By Rev. John Gantt  •  June 17, 2021

We couldn’t help ourselves! When we practiced the anthem, we giggled. Valleys and corn stalks laughing, clapping and singing? You can listen to that portion of the anthem, if you wish. It starts at 3:30 in this recording. The lyric grows out of Psalm 65:13. One evening the pastor heard our snickering. Acknowledging the corny wording in the lyrics, he interrupted our singing with a little biblical exposition. He reflected how in a land arid and dusty, dreams of water, lush vegetation, and..

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