A lesson from an old Willow tree.

Last week I was invited to a retreat day in Coolkelure church, near Dunmanway. Bishop Richard Henderson spoke to us about the prophet Jonah and, as always, what he had to say was inspired and truly excellent. With great skill and infectious enthusiasm, he brought the ancient text to life and it was a joy to be there, to listen and to learn.

One of the things he mentioned in an offhand way was the old Willow tree in the north-west corner of the churchyard. It had sustained quite a lot of damage in a storm, (perhaps during the gale on February 12th last year). In the photo (taken with my phone) above, you can just about see the split in the upper part of the trunk.

Yet since and even because of this catastrophe, recovery and new growth has begun.

We too might suffer something so catastrophic and life changing that we are tempted to lose all hope. Yet as the tree continues to draw water and nutrients from the soil and absorb light from the Sun, so we can continue to receive from the Lord. He will relentlessly work to reshape, rebuild and restore every broken heart and every shattered life of all who will come to Him.

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2 Comments to “A lesson from an old Willow tree.”

  1. Hi Daniel,

    We flew down to Perpignan today where word has reached us of your appointment to Saint Columba’s College. It is a place dear to our hearts, both our children having been educated their, and I know that your grace-imbued faith and your sense of beauty and transcendence will make you an excellent chaplain.

  2. Hi Ian

    Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. I don’t think the news has fully sunk in yet, but I am deeply humbled to be given such a wonderful opportunity. Although we will miss the good people here in West Cork, we are very much looking forward to moving to Dublin.

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