Thursday, 25 October 2012
Friday, 19 October 2012
Friday, 12 October 2012
"In the deserts of the heart
Let the healing fountain start,
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise."
* Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford. The story of Baroness Karen Blixen and her struggles on her Kenyan farm.
Thursday, 4 October 2012
"Let the fields be jubilant and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy!" (Psalm 96:12)
Have you ever felt the welcoming coolness of a forest on a sizzling day? Legs carrying you up and on, eyes on the hot soil at your feet and then all at once you feel it. First a cool breeze, a hint that something is about to change. Then you look up and its there, just as it was yesterday and all the days before, but always the same deep intake of breath, the same sense of sweetness as you surrender to its embrace.
My brother used to play a song on his guitar, written by a lone country boy that longed for the dusty road home. He also waxed lyrical about a "gall" who "filled up his senses, like a night in the forest". Giving away my age am I? My guess is that the forest filled up his senses, long after his senses and his beloved had left him.
One of my favourite scenes from Lord of the Rings (Part II) is when Merry and Pippin are carried along on the limbs of solemn old Treebeard the Ent, shepherd tree of Fanghorn Forest. Their destination is Isengard; there to face the evil Saruman's army, a threat to all that is good and pure on earth. Up there in their lofty shelter, they seemed unperturbed. My tree never walked, although I did hear it whisper, especially at times when I felt that nobody cared or understood - pre-teens for sure. Our childhood garden was not one of magic and mystery, rather a typical suburban arrangement of shrubs and neatly trimmed lawn. But an eight year old romantic found mystery in a triangular dovecote and sheer magic in the limbs of a Jacaranda tree. It was my castle in the air, a flying steed (without the complications of a handsome prince), and whatever else I wished it to be.
"You will go out in joy and be let forth in peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song before you and the trees of the field will clap their hands"(Isaiah 55:12)