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In The Garden

One of the favorite hymns of many people in my church is “In The Garden.” C. Austin Miles wrote this great hymn over a century ago and he tells us, in his own words, how he came to write it:

“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!