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Saturday, April 09, 2005

Old Man of Fischer Park

The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, to bring good news to the poor,
bind up the brokenhearted, proclaim liberty to the captives,
the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
To proclaim the year of the LORD's favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all those who mourn;
that they might all be called
Oaks of Righteousness,
plantings of the LORD,
that He might be

- Isaiah 61:1-3


At 4:04 PM, April 09, 2005, Blogger Christian said...

I don't know how many times I have walked past this tree near my house. It is huge (and the picture just doesn't do it justice); the circumference at the base must be over 20'. Most of the time I just walk on by, but today I stopped and stared, craning my neck back trying to take it all in without falling over.

Here in the middle of this concrete jungle, framed against a beautiful blue sky, God has given me a gentle reminder of who he is and what I am to become on account of what he has done. I needed to hear that...

At 6:42 PM, April 09, 2005, Blogger Molly said...

That's a great picture, Christian -- and a good reminder.

Isn't it fun having a digital camera? ;)

At 4:56 AM, April 10, 2005, Blogger We Three Spences said...

As I looked at the tree I kind of thought of myself as that tree.
In the winter season of life I tend feel naked and alone.
All the color is gone and it looks like death has set in.
My limbs need pruning and cut. The wind and the harshness of winter has beat me around and made me seem broken and dead.
Then spring comes and there is a sign of something good happening, the hope of marvelous change.
Sounds of life and birth coming are evident, and suddenly I see green again.
New leaves and blosoms cause me to smile and sigh...
It is ok...there was always life there...I was only asleep for a season. Just for a season.

At 5:12 AM, April 10, 2005, Blogger Christian said...

Good words, Jan! This winter has been hard for me in a number of ways, and I thought (and felt) some of those same things yesterday. But...leaves are budding, and there is hope!

Gotta run to church!


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