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Monday, August 22, 2005

The Beautiful Tree of Open Door...

Even before Jan announced her leaving, I kept thinking (lately) of Open Door as the tree in the poem that I quoted on my blog. Now, with her leaving, it is stronger than ever to me.

I see the "tree" of Open Door being shaken in the winds of change. There are many seeds being flung from it... seeds that are being sent off to grow new trees in different parts of the Garden, perhaps.

I wonder if it is like these seeds have reached a certain level of ripeness. The Master has decided to plant them elsewhere... some are falling close to the trunk of the original tree... some will stay and grow in the same soil, supporting the existing/emerging system... the others are being sent to begin or support other systems.

I also feel that the change is making way for new seeds to mature and grow...

Lord, help us to hang on loosely and to wait for You. Help us to not hurt any tender shoots in our anxiety... help us to send with blessing those that are riding Your Winds. May we open wide our wings...

"Wind and Spirit"
by Chris Rice
Past the Edges (cd)

I hear a sound and turn to see a new direction on that rusty weather vane...
Suddenly the dead brown leaves are stirred to scratch their circle dances down the lane...
And now the sturdy oaks start clappin' with the last few stubborn leaves that won't let go...
I can hear old Glory snappin' and her tattered robe now clangin' against the pole...
And my breath is snatched away,
And a chill runs up my spine,
Seems like somethin's on the way,
So I look up to the sky,
I look up to the sky and...

*From the corners of creation,
Comes the Father's Holy Breath,
Ridin' on a storm with tender fierceness,
Stirring my soul to Holiness,
Stirring my soul to Holiness.

I see the lifeless dust now resurrected
Swirlin' up against my windowpane,
And carried cross the distance comes the long awaited frangrances of earth and rain,
And out across the amber fields
The slender grasses bend and bow and kiss the ground
In them I see the beauty of the souls who let the Spirit lay them down
And it takes my breath away,
Tear comes to my eye
feels like somethin's on the way
So I look up to the sky
I look up to the sky and...*

And like a mighty wind blows with a force I can not see,
I will open wide my wings,
Open wide my wings,
I will open wide my wings and let the Spirit carry me...*

I hear a sound and turn to see a new direction on that rusty weather vane...

10 Comments:

At 1:32 PM, Blogger Scuba Steve said...

st paul!?!? no way1 i grew up on highland park, just off of snelling and montreal! crazy...

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Erin Bennett said...

Jaime! You have been slimed by blog spam! There is a way to take away the navigator bar at the top of your page, which should eliminate some of this random crap. I'll have to ask my husband for the specifics...let me know if you are interested. :)
By the way, beautiful tree connections.

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger sleeping with bread said...

. . . and it takes my breath away . . .

 
At 6:53 AM, Blogger Jaime G said...

I am so grateful for my blogging friends. Erin. You blessed me so much with naming what was happening and caring for me. The timing of that was laughable (as John Lynch said on Sunday) but was not good for me, personally. Your care blessed me, a lot. Thank you.

 
At 7:09 AM, Blogger Erin Bennett said...

You are very welcome. :) I was getting so much stuff from people I didn't know, even after I only allowed blogger comments. If you want even more protection, there is also something called "spam poison" that I have on my site. If you go to my blog and scroll down to the bottom of my link column, you can click on the spam poison icon and it will take you to their site. You can copy and paste the code into your template.
Happy blogging free of stupid people! :)

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger gloria said...

"every scribe hoe becomes a disciple of the kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom new things as well as old."

Over the weekend the large old trees became a symbol of this... 'new things as well as old'. Old wood, new leaves, new growth, every season.

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger H. Jane said...

Great, metaphor. It takes risk to open up one's arms to ride that wind and let go of the tree, and there's even a risk (pain) in affirming the letting go.

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

2 years ago in front of our old house we lost a 70+ year old elm to dutch elm disease. I was heart broken at the loss of its beautiful canopy. I asked God to show me any significance in this loss. The words that came? "My light will shine on your house in a New way."

"Behold, He makes all things new." Even now He restores and renews our body at Open Door. Perhaps even now His light will shine on HIS house in a new way.

We bless Jan. We acknowledge our loss. We look to Him.

 
At 6:05 AM, Blogger Jaime G said...

Thank you for sharing that story of your elm. We have an old elm shading our house... I often wonder and worry. The twin to it across the street is tagged to go... I would/will be heart broken to loose it; but as you say... there would be sun on our house in a new way. Lovely dovetailing with the tree metaphor!! Thank you!

 
At 10:49 AM, Blogger Matt Patrick said...

Thank you for your post Jaime. There are indeed changes at OD, and speaking as one of those seeds that have been "flung," I am thankful for my time there as it has allowed me to plant this seed much deeper into the soil of this country! I wouldn't be here had I not had the words "Heal, Grow and GO" permanently embeded into my heart.

 

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