The cross of Jesus offers meaning to our suffering. In the garden of Gethsemane we discover we are not alone in our anguish. As Christians, when we stand at the foot of the cross, we also know of the hope of an empty tomb in a garden of promise. When we feel we are nailed to the cross and persecuted, God is already present with us, having gone to where we would rather not go. Our wounds take time—even a lifetime—to heal. The fireweed flower rises from burnt ash; a tree takes root in a rock crack. Compost provides new life for growing and established plants. Hope exists for the gardener of our soul to transform even the deadliest suffering into generous life and gift.