Photo Prayer 2021-13 — I Look Up From My Work

The ice and wind of winter have departed. Huge tree limbs and small branches litter the yard, the rotten and the weak snapped from the heights and thrown to earth. Like a mother imposing order in a house upended by a child’s willful anarchy, my job is to clean up this mess. Again and again I kneel to reach the ground while the strong wood that remains aloft flowers and buds. From every tip and nodule, leaves shyly show themselves. What was subdued is beginning to move. It seems delicate and vulnerable, yet at the same time unstoppable, relentless. For just a moment, I get off my knees and stand. I look up at the spreading canopy and, beyond it, the sky. And beyond the sky, something to which we are called.

Photo of trees in bloom and just leafing out, Arden, Delaware.
Photo and text copyright 2021 by Danny N. Schweers.

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