If I Planted a Garden
…whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Galations 6:7 KJV
About the Song
Each of the songs I wrote for my children begin with “If…” This life is one big if-then proposition, and I want my kids to know it. This song was written for my son, Daniel, when he was still a baby.
I didn’t know why I was writing about gardening at the time–I hadn’t yet discovered the joy of growing flowers, and I hate vegetable gardening. But as I sat in his room one night as he slept, it seemed appropriate for him somehow. As he grew older, I learned why. During his childhood he was never happier than while watering his snapdragons or digging in the dirt.
Church Music Contest: Children’s Song Division – Award of Distinction 1993
Appeared in The Friend magazine (under the incorrect title “Plant a Garden”) March 1997
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If I planted a garden, if I carefully sowed
If I nourished each tiny seed
If I tended it well and helped it to grow
What a beautiful harvest I’d reap
In my life, like a garden, there are seeds to be sown
I must choose with the greatest care
Planting only what’s good, so I can be sure
Only beautiful things will grow there
I am planting my garden every day of my life,
And the harvest is mine to keep
If I plant seeds of faith, of honor and truth
What a beautiful harvest I’ll reap
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