|Happy Easter! These photos were taken recently while we were in Phoenix, Arizona, visiting The Garden of Jesus' Suffering. It's a meditation garden that is open from sunup to sundown at Canaan in the Desert, a sanctuary maintained by the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary.|
As you walk through the peaceful garden, there are benches, statuary depicting the life of Christ, and Scriptural references. The path leads to these crosses seen against the backdrop of Phoenix Mountain Preserve.
One beautiful feature of the garden is the Fountain of the Father's Goodness. Each side is labeled with Father of Mercy, Father of Forgiveness, Father of Grace, Father of Goodness, Father of Comfort, Father of Love, Father of Faithfulness, Father of Patience. Cups nearby allow visitors to take a drink from the fountain. One of the art sculptures of The Good Shepherd is shown below. The three hour time difference between Florida and Arizona had us up bright and early to enjoy a walk through this lovely place. We were there by 7 AM, and had the place nearly all to ourselves, so the peace and quiet along with the beautiful surroundings could really soak in. I'd visited here twice before, but this was my husband's first visit. A wonderful and prayerful start to our day.