The Two Trees (14 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]In the Garden ...It is easier in the Garden. The Hill involves sacrifice. For love requires that one give up self for other. Joy necessitates suffering. Peace implies war. Patience is ultra-sacrificial. And kindness quite often makes us nauseous!Our taste buds dance was we bite again into the fruit of pride.Yes, we eat it for a remedy. We were a little queasy last eve after a bout with envy and greed. It seems that we just … [Read more...]

The Two Trees (13 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]Again on the Hill ...“Fear God and all will be well.” There it is again -- that thought. What does it mean to fear God? Why, how, is it that “all will be well?”The man who brought us to the Hill has been gone for a long time. Perhaps it was all a dream? A hoax even? Maybe it would be better in the Garden. Had the man ever been to the Garden? Perhaps he led us the wrong way? Maybe he can be found in the Garden?“No.”He clearl … [Read more...]

The Two Trees (12 of 33)

[Meditations are intended to be read sequentially, from 1 to 33.]On the Hill we sit ...How we got here, we’re not quite sure. Yet, thankful we be. For some odd reason, it seems that we’ve been sitting here ‘neath the Tree on the Hill ... staring off into space. And, oddly enough, this seems all right.We remember that in the Garden we were clothed as royalty. Here, we sit in the shade of redemption -- naked -- with a cross. The man who led us here told us that we had to bear it if we were to … [Read more...]

Believing the Best of People

In my secular work, the clinical team shares a daily reading during their staff meetings. Today's, June 17th, caught my eye. Thus, we interrupt the series of Two Trees meditations for the following ... meditation:The desire to believe the best of people is a prerequisite for intercourse with strangers; suspicion is reserved for friends. -- Mary McCarthyHow often we find ourselves treating our acquaintances with exquisite courtesy, while … [Read more...]


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