Saturday, March 21, 2009

Japanese Tea Garden

Last night I had the privilege of joining some great ladies on a fun outing to Calvary Temple's "Japanese Tea Garden" women's event.

Whoever was in charge of decorating went all out making the facility look amazingly beautiful... the entry featured a Japanese style bridge, pagoda entrance, ponds with fountains... the works! The stunning scenery made it easy to leave your cares behind...

Inside, the main area was filled with dinner tables, individually decorated with fine china in an assortment of colors and themes. Though the decor was Japanese, the food was English Tea - finger sandwiches and scones, and of course, tea! While we munched on the most incredible sandwiches ever, I caught up with old friends and chatted with new ones.

The main stage was highlighted by a painted backdrop, large vases of cherry blossoms, and a ceiling runway of paper lanterns.

It wasn't hard to imagine a black velvet night sky with 30 luminous full moons glowing overhead...

Once the food was gone and the conversation had subsided, we turned our attention forward to the guest speaker, Connie Neal. Through analogies of bulbs, dirt, and flowers, Connie reminded us that what we see right now is not the end of the story in our lives. Go has created great potential within each of us that He will bring to fruition at the right time (as we allow Him to). What a great reminder on the first day of spring, to look at the beautiful flowers blooming around us and consider the great love and hope we have in our heavenly father.

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