Life on earth began in a perfect garden, many of Jesus’ parables relate to nature, planting, and growth, and one of the most powerful scenes in the Bible describes Christ’s anguished prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane.
In keeping with these powerful images of man seeking God in a garden, Mississippi College created a scenic campus garden with a special purpose. Dedicated in the fall of 2014, Mississippi College’s new prayer garden gives students, faculty, staff, and visitors a beautiful setting in which to relax, meditate, and draw closer to the Creator.
Built through a generous anonymous gift from a couple that grew up in Clinton, the garden is an oasis of tranquility on the front lawn of Alumni Hall. The tree-shaded garden features four graceful fountains, attractive lighting, and comfortable benches that beckon to those in need of a peaceful retreat.
“MC’s campus is already beautiful, but having a designated prayer garden adds yet another wonderful feature to the university,” says MC student Megan Donahoe. “The prayer garden provides a perfect setting for students to escape stress and spend time in God’s creation.”
The theme of the Mississippi College garden comes from 2 Chronicles 6:40, and is inscribed on a rock surrounded by roses, boxwoods, and Japanese maple trees. The verse reads, “Now, my God, may your eyes be open and your ears be attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”