I am always amazed at how nature often help us reconnect with ourself and with God.
It reminds me of the beginning of Psalm 91:
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world
During a retreat with the team of Mosaiek after gazing at a tree for some time, I was inspired to write this piece.
What is true of the tree, is true of life
Life of a tree
As you find me here
I wasn’t always
My trunk a hidden story
of hard summers and good winter
I know pain well
my scars signs of rough and cruel hands
Today I am a shelter
for both wanted and unwanted guest
where they may remain
as neither the plunder of the ants or the praise of the birds
will harm my being
I dig my roots deep
and drink from streams of living waters
while I spread my branches wide, strong and lush
to offer shade for those who seek
in the music of His wind that whistles through me
Storms will come and I will withstand
droughts and floods too
the day of death is drawing near
may my burnt offering radiate His warmth
The photo is of the actual tree at Origins Retreat Centre