Tuesday, June 30, 2009
The Subsonic Word : A short reflection
Sent Friday, June 26, 2009 from a friend and minister who has made many trips to Israel to support Palestinian Peacemakers and the House of Hope. (I added the trees)
The Subsonic Word
Poet W. F. Merwin wrote “On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree.” On Bill Moyers Journal tonight Merwin explained that the tree belongs in the world he envisions as the ideal regardless of the disposition of the earth tomorrow. This reminded me that we all deal in similar ways with those ultimate incentives for life and all that energizes our thoughts and actions. My friend and colleague Elias Jabbour - with The House of Hope - could no more continue to work for the goal of peace and reconciliation on a day when there is no indication that the earth would ever collapse if he could not also pursue that same goal in the face of evidence and news that tomorrow the earth would be no more. It is how we are wired. It is the urgency of a call both from and to that which is beyond us –a call we have come to hear, for which, free to act as we may be, we hold no possibility of refusing.
Tree of My Life Joseph Stella 1877-1946 painter
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