Saturday Snapshot – Ruth’s Prayer Garden Dedication

Ruth Bell Graham lived a life committed to and dependent on prayer.  Several years ago, she wrote these words as a reflection on how we should pray:  As we come to this garden of prayer, we come being reminded that we come to acknowledge our Father. As we come into His presence, we come being anxious or worried about nothing. We come to worship Him in everything.

This past Wednesday, June 1, 2016, Ruth’s Prayer Garden was officially dedicated with a special message from her grandson, Will Graham, executive director at The Cove.

“Prayer is our umbilical cord to our Heavenly Father,  This is going to be a place of spiritual life and vitality.” Will Graham said of the 1.5 acre garden featuring more than 150 plant varieties.


Over 150 people in attendance at the dedication.

Listen and watch as over 150 people in attendance  on Wednesday lifted their voices unto the Lord in worship and adoration.

Ruth’s Prayer Garden — a garden for every season.
The garden is a lovely place to stroll and take in all the beauty.
Beautiful violin music played in the garden before the dedication began.

Watch as the violinist played throughout the the garden paths.

Benches are placed throughout the garden so one can sit and pray.
It was fun having so many people enjoying the garden at one time!
A beautiful rose still fresh with dew during the dedication.
Over 150 plant species are present in the garden. There will be something in bloom every season.
Prayer. This is what Ruth would have loved to see taking place in this garden.
Thankful for the leadership on this project from Lucas, The Cove’s supervisor of grounds maintenance. That’s a wooden bow tie he’s sporting!

We hope you’ll make plans to visit Ruth’s Prayer Garden at the Chatlos Memorial Chapel and Visitors Center.  Click here for directions and operating hours.  Make sure to leave time to tour the Chatlos Memorial Chapel & Visitors Center while you’re here too.  Both tours are free.

Click here for a schedule of seminar, concerts and retreats at The Cove in beautiful Asheville, NC.

16 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot – Ruth’s Prayer Garden Dedication”

  1. something in bloom in every season
    prayer taking place ,HIM and us connecting is the reason
    a beautiful rose fresh with dew greeting you
    a garden for every season, every reason
    how great thou art , how great thou art

  2. What a beautiful and peaceful prayer garden dedicated to Ruth Graham where one can be in touch with the Lord. God blessed me with the hobby of gardening many years ago and it is my own yard in which I come in touch with our great creator as I thank him for his creation.

    1. Thanks Becky! We’re glad to hear that you connect with the Lord in your very own garden. We hope you’ll visit us one day!

  3. I was Blessed to be a greeter at the Chapel for three weeks in April while many of the plants and ground cover was put in place. It was with anticapation that I was able to share with visitors about Ruth’s Prayer Garden and to encourage them to take a walk on the pathways through out. It was an experience that I shall never forget.

    1. Paul, we thank you for your work here at The Cove! What a blessing you were. We know you’ll enjoy coming back in seasons to come to see the transformation. Bless you!

  4. “Prayer does not prepare us for greater works: Prayer is the greater works!” by Oswald Chambers

    Jesus said,
    “I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two of three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:18-20)

    Please consider a national prayer line for the family of Christ to call and bring revival to America according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

    …so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11)

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