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Like an oasis in the desert, Canaan in the Desert offers refreshment, though of a various kind. Yes, there’s water, but also quiet, and also beauty, and also reminders that God’s good love for us. Canaan in the Desert is a prayer garden in north Phoenix, Arizona, operation by the Evangelical Sisterhood that Mary, an bespeak of Lutheran nuns started in Germany in 1947.

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The deserts the the divine Land and also of Arizona are located on different continents, but at similar latitudes, so the climate and the vegetation are rather similar. It’s feasible to pretend you’re walking whereby Jesus walked as you visit the garden. (Click ~ above the smaller sized photographs come enlarge them.)


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The very first stop is the Bethlehem grotto, recalling Christ’s birth.

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But Bethlehem was soon a dangerous place for the Baby. His foster father, Joseph, received a warning in a dream to take it Jesus and also Mary come Egypt.

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Perhaps they traveled along terrain choose this:


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We fast-forward to end of Jesus’ earthly ministry. After His last supper through His disciples, He invite them to the Garden that Gethsemane to pray through Him.


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But the disciples can not remain awake.

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Gethsemane is likewise known together the garden that olives. Fittingly, an olive tree overhangs the sculpture the the praying Jesus.

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While Jesus is praying, roman inn soldiers go into the garden. After ~ Judas betrays the Lord through a kiss, the soldiers arrest Jesus and take Him to Pilate.

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Pilate orders him beaten. . .

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. . . And the soldiers mock him and also crown him with thorns.

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Though Pilate do the efforts to convince the Pharisees come let Jesus go, they demand His crucifixion.


But the an excellent News is, His fatality is no the end of the story.

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At each location in the garden is a bench for this reason you have the right to sit awhile and meditate top top the scene prior to you. Also, scattered about the garden are small boxes filled v devotional products to assist lead you into prayer:

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Plaques quoting scripture and also sayings that M. Basilea Schlink, among the founders of the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, period the garden.


Canaan in the Desert is a lovely ar to rest and pray. I enjoyed my time right here last week, my second visit; I arrangement to come regularly.

Now it’s your turn. Have actually you ever been come Canaan in the Desert or one more place that attracted you close come God? re-superstructure in the comment below.


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About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mommy of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, she nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in increasing Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and also other publications. She is right now working top top a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

Great post! it’s walking distance from mine house and I protect against in indigenous time to time on my morning walks to pray at the various stations. The existence of the divine Spirit is really evident.

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