1.27.2006

walden pond (really lake erie, but a girl can dream)

"I went to the woods ..." - Thoreau

i have the privilege of living on the lake. it is beautiful and healing being near the water and i love it. i couldn't imagine a better place to live.

when i got home from work last night, the sun was just under the horizon, turning the day into night. it was stunning and i was a part of it.

there is an enormous tree in my backyard that i can see from my living room window. it is so old and it stretches it's long, wide arms across the yard. over the years, its limbs have begun to grow at odd angles and at some point the owners, in order to save this magnificent tree, put braces under some of its limbs. they also added many wires stretching from limb to limb in order to encourage it to grow upward as opposed to straight outward - and risk growing into the house or breaking under the great weight.

as i stood and stared at this tree in the fading light, i was moved by it's lesson. by the lot of us questioners stretching our-selves out across this place, yet anchored together by the roots, by Grace and Its Giver. there is so much more to be said...

6 comments:

ang said...

ahh, I'd be jealous if that was allowed. :) we'd love to bonfire by the lake with you...

michelle said...

not sure if bonfires are allowed - i'll be checking on that - but be certain if they are, you are definitely on the invite list. even without the fire, you're always welcome...

timberly2546 said...

I agree with Norman MacClean, I too am haunted by waters.
-andrew

michelle said...

ahhh, yes.

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs..."

be well.

C.K. Tygrett said...

hey! casey tygrett here! I found your blog from Dave Ballenger's. I had to tell you that we live in Illinois and have been through Effingham. Holley and I made up a song that goes: "Who put the 'F' in 'Effingham'?"

it is the central location for all Illinois Nazarenes you know! I look forward to reading your thoughts.

peace

timberly2546 said...

Tygrett,
G'day Brother! Please tell me that you own Sufjan's take on your state on Illinois?!

Hope you are well...let's connect.

-andrew