Fr La’s weekly ‘Pause and Ponder’ from along the Pilgrim Path at Lough Derg.
Old Roots, New Shoots
Now that winter has stripped back the foliage
bare branches offer their own insights.
I see how new growth has sprouted up
from the stump of a felled tree.
Along the trunk of another tree
tossed over in some by-gone storm
vigorous new shoots emerge.
Old roots can put up new life.
Centuries ago, Isaiah noted that this can happen,
and he offered this image of hope to a dispirited people.
The line of David would find new life:
‘A shoot will spring up from the stump of Jesse.’
May we be blessed with new hope in this winter time.
Fr La Flynn