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Fir Trees First

Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg. This week’s reflection is called ‘Fir Trees First’.

Fr La reflects

Fir Trees First 

A cold, wet start today at Patrick the Pilgrim.

I am kitted out for the weather,

but the rain is heavy.

I pull up the hood and I take to the Path

eyes down, avoiding the puddles.

 

By St Brigid’s Well the downpour has ceased.

I can lower the hood and lift my head.

At once, my eye is caught by a soft bright green:

fresh growth on the tips of a Nordmann fir.

Further on I spot another and, soon, more here and there.

 

And I notice that my heart, too, has lifted 

and on a wet Sunday in the middle of January

I am savouring just a taste

of the spring that must be on its way.

The firs have felt it first.

 

Fr La Flynn, Prior 

25 January 2021

 

 

 

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