We spent several hours at the park today, reading and doing homework. It was so nice outside that we couldn’t bear being cooped up in the apartment or the school. There were lots of interesting things to see, including about 200 people doing tai chi exercises (check out the video page!) and lots of little yappy dogs. One dog even had little winnie-the-pooh barrettes on it’s ears. I’m so glad that we have this park right outside the front door of our building. It’s no Tynehead, but it’s got Nelson park beat by miles!!!(=
I also wanted to share this poem that was part of my reading today. It’s from Eugene Peterson’s “The Contemplative Pastor” and it gave me goosebumps. Here goes…
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. Isaiah 11:1
Jesse’s roots, composted with carcasses
Of dove and lamb, parchments of ox and goat,
Centuries of dried up prayers and bloody
Sacrifice, now bear me gospel fruit.
David’s branch, fed on kosher soil,
Blossoms a messianic flower, and then
Ripens into a kingdom crop, conserving
The fragrance and warmth of spring for winter use.
H*ly Sp*rit, shake our family tree;
Release your ripened fruit to our outstretched arms.
I’d like to see my children sink their teeth
Into promised land pomegranates
And Canaan grapes, bushel gifts of God,
While I skip a grace rope to a Christ tune.