Still Saturday Trees

very old oak tree–Audubon Park New Orleans LA  jlc

    Job 14:7-14 

7 “At least there is hope for a tree: <sup class="crossreference" value="(R)”>
If it is cut down, it will sprout again,
and its new shoots <sup class="crossreference" value="(S)”> will not fail. <sup class="crossreference" value="(T)”>
8 Its roots may grow old in the ground
and its stump <sup class="crossreference" value="(U)”> die in the soil,
9 yet at the scent of water <sup class="crossreference" value="(V)”> it will bud
and put forth shoots like a plant. <sup class="crossreference" value="(W)”>
10 But a man dies and is laid low; <sup class="crossreference" value="(X)”>
he breathes his last and is no more. <sup class="crossreference" value="(Y)”>
11 As the water of a lake dries up
or a riverbed becomes parched and dry, <sup class="crossreference" value="(Z)”>
12 so he lies down and does not rise; <sup class="crossreference" value="(AA)”>
till the heavens are no more, <sup class="crossreference" value="(AB)”> people will not awake
or be roused from their sleep. <sup class="crossreference" value="(AC)”>

13 “If only you would hide me in the grave <sup class="crossreference" value="(AD)”>
and conceal me till your anger has passed! <sup class="crossreference" value="(AE)”>
If only you would set me a time
and then remember <sup class="crossreference" value="(AF)”> me! <sup class="crossreference" value="(AG)”>
14 If someone dies, will they live again?
All the days of my hard service <sup class="crossreference" value="(AH)”>
I will wait for my renewal  to come.”
a few weeks ago, a friend named Diana Trautwein mentioned a book by my favorite author, Elizabeth Goudge, ‘A Scent of Water’.  Goudge wrote over 60 years ago & her books are hard to find.  I finally found a copy and when it came in the mail I read the preface referencing this scripture.  Powerful.

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2 thoughts on “Still Saturday Trees

  1. Jennifer Richardson

    thanks for the beautiful stir!
    (and “the scent of water”…..going on my
    find and read list)
    how can a tree sing so softly
    and still be heard so far:)

  2. caryjo

    I have to rely on the fact that the roots and foreverness of trees is a blessing and an encouragement as life continues. Good reminder.


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