29.3.08

A Dappled Presence

Today, I found this. Wrote it last May. And it feels like a breath of hope...

Now that the leaves are full and present, the trees have a softer sound, a whisper instead of clacking, and the woods are filled with dancing shadows, a tenderness, a gliding of dappled presence.

A little brown bird is in the prickle pines. Climbing sideways up the tree, pecking. Life out here... travels upside down and sideways, pure vertical and horizontal, under the darkness of a needle blanket. It seems there is no direction that is off-limits in this place.

The mourning dove flutters in with her chirruping. What used to surprise and awe me has turned to the sweet comfort of familiar sounds — I find a deeper rest in the stability of this place and its attendant characters.

Two dark gray birds just "kissed" — a peck from beak to beak... I could lie here all day and never be bored or restless.

"Give me your lantern and compass, give me a map...So I can find my way to the sacred mountain, to the place of your presence."
Psalm 43, The Message translation

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6 Comments:

Blogger Miriam said...

Yesterday I found comfort in the call of a mourning dove I heard all day outside my window. Was wishing I could but words to the experience, so it was sweet to find the like here.

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Blogger joellechase said...

It is hard to pray now. And so I read your words wistfully, gratefully. Making them my own until Spring returns to the dry soul. The spiritual loneliness is eased by a virtual companion who shares a longing and living for God. Thank you!

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Blogger Erin said...

This morning on our way to church, one of my daughters commented that the clouds in the sky looked like waves of grace.

Then she thought a little longer and listened to the worship music playing on the CD player and piped up, "Cool! The clouds match the music!"

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Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Miriam... that is beautiful. I'm glad you found words here.

Joelle... make them yours, yes. Sometimes we have no words of our own. I am glad to be a companion to you in a time of loneliness.

Erin... how sweet. :)

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Blogger HighCallingBlogs.com said...

Some days you just see things, don't you. There they are and you see them. And then other days. Nothing.

Real Live Preacher

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Blogger SuzyQ said...

This gave me a little shiver.
Beautiful.
You have a gift with words.

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