Day at the park…and poetic inspiration

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…

The Tree
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.

5 thoughts on “Day at the park…and poetic inspiration”

  1. Can I come visit? It looks like these people could really be praising the Lord with their WHOLE selves! What peace flows through that park! wow.

  2. You guys have the best website. It’s just like being there with you, but no pig’s blood for me. Thanks. I miss you.

  3. Dan! Thanks for dropping by. I was thinking about you the other day when some of our Abilene friends were writing things that made it sound like they’d been talking to you. Keep it up!

  4. Amber…

    You’d be welcome to come visit…just bring some of those mint brownies with you.(=

    As far as the tai chi people go, I wish they saw it in the way you mentioned. I’d attempt an explanation of tai chi, but it’s pretty complex. Here and here are a few links that go a bit into the philosophy behind it.

    I’ve started walking around the park in the morning for the last few days, getting some exercise and praying for the people that I see there. There are old people playing games, people doing Tai Chi, people singing karaoke (even early in the morning), kids running around. I wish you guys could see it with us.

  5. Wow! What a poem. Deep, deep. Took me a while to get into that style of poetry, but I can at least begin to identify with the outcry of this heart.

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