Monday, July 17, 2017
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and for evermore.
The Word in Burlington Park
The oaks of Burlington Park speak without saying a word. They surround a grassy meadow, stretching 60, 80, even 100 feet tall. Several arch high over a gravel square built for fires at the center of the meadow.
Bird calls echo against the trees, robins praying for rain and cardinals calling for their mates, answering each other across the green expanse.
Millions of leaves, the great greening of summer, dampen every sound but the birds and occasional trains that rumble by on the north boundary of the park.
Even they cannot disturb this island of peace.
The trees form an enclosure, an envelope around the field, creating a solitude where the heart falls silent and rests, held within something greater.
God speaks in the holding. And all who have ears to hear, understand what God says:
“All that you see and hear, all that you are and hope is held in Love, a Love as real and alive as everything your eyes see and everything your heart feels in this place of grace.
“So just stand here … or sit if you prefer, surrounded by the ancient oaks, sheltered beneath their mighty arms, embraced by the greening of creation … more alive and beautiful that my words can tell.
“Just be. You are held in the Love who breathes through every leaf.”
Pr. David Miller