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