Burghley House Gardens: Pictures of Eden

I called at Burghley House near Stamford in Lincoln’s shire last week. This, like previous visits to stately homes and gardens, put me in remembrance of the Eden we lost and the heavenly mansion we may gain. The verdant beauty and vitality was wonderful. There, they have sculptures showing the harmony between creatures:

The original beauty of the unfallen world’s state is found in the gorgeous dahlias...

...the richness of the colours, my phone struggled to capture:

Our original home for which we were created was conceived in the very mind of God Himself:

It was biologically, mathematically, aesthetically and morally beautiful.

Yet another being was present, too, one with evil intentions, whose aims were to wreck, spoil, disrupt and separate:

Thanks to his deceits, humanity fell, warranting its loving Creator’s perfectly righteous wrath:

Creation began to die and wilt:

The gates to paradise were shut and entry forbidden.

Yet the Creator had a plan. If those ancient trees had eyes and minds, they might have foreseen the day that one of their number would be felled that the Creator might die upon it.

His death would satisfy His own sense of justice, allowing humans to enter His palace, and stay there forever.

And behold, I come shortly, and my reward is with me, to give to every man according as his work shall be.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Blessed are they, that do his Commandments, that their right may be in the tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the City.

For without shall be dogs and enchanters, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth or maketh lies.

Rev 22: 12-15, Geneva Bible