Weighted Blessing

The Mountain Ash tree in my parents’ back yard was heavily laden with berries. There must have been two hundred clusters of them.

“Won’t they make a big mess when they fall off?” I asked my eighty-seven-year-old father.

Dad reassured me that birds would come and eat them before then. “One fall the birds never came,” he said. “Then in February a flock of them flew in and ate some. Then more birds came, one flock after another. A few days later the tree was picked clean.”

Mountain Ash by Amanda graham

I looked at the bowed branches, straining under the weight of the berries. I imagined how tired the tree would get, waiting for the birds to come. I also imagined how relieved the birds would be to find food in the winter. And then I imagined God’s arms under the branches, bearing the burden, as God did on another tree over two thousand years ago.

 

Salzburg cross 2

I think about what we are given to bear: a sadness, a calling, a desire. Time is slow and heavy. We ask God to resolve it, fulfill it or take it away, but often nothing seems to change. We wonder why God is so far away. Meanwhile God’s arms are under ours, holding them up, just like the Israelites did for Moses.

Then one day, the birds come.

In a riot of glory, they feast and sing and feast some more. Our deep longing to bless is satisfied. Joy so rapturously fills us, we close our eyes to keep the moment from escaping.

Cedar Wax Wing by Randen Pedersen

 

Just Sit There Right Now
–Hafiz

Just
Sit there right now.
Don’t do a thing. Just rest.

For your
Separation from God
Is the hardest work in this world.

Let me bring you trays of food and something
That you like to
Drink.

You can use my soft words
As a cushion
For your
Head.

∗ ∗ ∗

Love Mischief for the World

 

elizabethmckitrick1My friend Elizabeth McKitrick is seriously up to some love mischief for the world. Her store, Second Nature Home™,  is a retail space entirely focused on eco-friendly, organic products for the home—helping neighbours transform their home into a natural sanctuary. The shop offers one-stop eco-shopping with distinctive, sustainable products—a unique mix of locally sourced home essentials and curated decorative arts. The shop also provides the Trout Lake/Cedar Cottage neighbourhood of Vancouver with a refilling system for laundry soaps, shampoo, and other cleaning and personal products, reducing the negative environmental impact of plastic bottle manufacturing.

What love mischief are you and God doing to care for the earth?
Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and References:
Mountain Ash” in banner (not on home page) by JPC.raleigh. Used with permission.
“Mountain Ash” in winter by Amanda Graham. Used with permission.
Photo of Salzburg Cross by Steve Imbach. Used with permission.
Cedar Wax Wing by Randen Pederson. Used with permission.
“Just Sit There Right Now” by Hafiz from Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and Westtranslated by Daniel Ladinsky. Used with permission.

© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2015.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013, 2014, 2015.  http://www.estherhizsa.com

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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