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The Garden of Promise

When a close friend lost loved ones, I was amazed to see the serenity and peace that filled his heart. It was almost as if, despite the hardship of parting, he was already anticipating the joyful reunion that lay ahead. He reminded us that he would “see them again soon.”

I was so touched with the grace and hope God had given this man that I decided to do a painting as a tribute to the hope many of us share of the better life that lies ahead. I chose a garden with a rambling stone walkway climbing up through flower hedges to illustrate my theme. In my painting The Garden of Promise, as we make our way up the stony path, we seek to reach the top where the brilliant purity of a white dogwood in the sunlight greets us with the hope of what lies beyond the gate.

There is a garden, a place of peace promised to each of us, and the gate lies open to those who wish to come in. My prayer is that my portrayal of The Garden of Promise will remind many of this hope that lies ahead. As one anonymous chorus puts it:

“Beyond the gate will peace await, And joy to fill each heart.

A fragrant bower every hour, And love that never parts.”

  • In loving tribute to his wife Nanette, Thomas Kinkade has hidden three N’s in The Garden of Promise.
  • The Garden of Promise is the first in Thom’s new series – Garden of Promise I.
  • Thom was inspired to paint this painting when a close friend lost loved ones.
  • The gate in The Garden of Promise is what Thom envisions Heaven’s Gate to look like.
Title The Garden of Promise
Published June 1993
Collection Garden of Promise I

Image Size

24" x 20"

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