Today I would like to invite you to put aside all the distractions of your busy lifefor just a few minutes and join me in finding refreshment in some of the stunning beauty and lofty thoughtsthat touched my spirit while visiting San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this June.Nestled almost under the shadow of the bridge, Golden Gate Park is the picture of tranquil beauty. Alan and I found it very restorative to come apart and rest here one sunny spring afternoon before attending his sister’s memorial service.Some of the flowers and thoughts may be novel,but for most of you, the thoughts will be as familiar as forget-me-nots…but also—I hope—as fragrant and comforting as old country roses.”“Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away” (Song of Solomon 2:13).“The LORD will give strength to his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11).“Consider the lilies, how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say to you that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27).“For this says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isa 30:15).“Know that the LORD, he is God; it is he that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture” (Psalm 100:3).“Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name: you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1).“In him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).“[Jesus] said to them, ‘Come you yourselves apart…and rest a while'” (Mt 6:31).“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him” (2 Samuel 22:31).“I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace to his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly” (Psalm 65:6).“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you…” (1 Peter 4:12).“Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).“By his knowledge the depths are broken up, and the clouds drop down the dew” (Proverbs 3:20).“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” (Isaiah 26:3).“Then Jesus spoke again to them saying, ‘I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life'” John 8:12).“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can you, except you abide in me” (John 15:4).“He shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness” (Isaiah 57:2).“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:28).“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” 1 Thessalonians 5:13).Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 6:23).