01 May 2012 a post by Pauline Warner

The Bride, The Groom and The Tree

Every tree now garmented in fresh lushness. No longer stark sentinels against steely skies, every tree mellows and unfolds the greening of creation. Summer is a coming in. All creation joins in the pulsating , throbbing rhythm – the Dance of Awakening Life.

One tree bedecked not in green but in red and white. Ribbons cascade freely and then weave intricately.  Male and female binding together in one dance. Time and eternity coupled in union.

maypole beltane dance

And from one very special tree, blood and water flows. The Divine Husbandman is wounded for passion of his Bride. The Lord of the Dance, moving through all creation, is pinned down. The Anointed One who has announced good news for the poor and liberty for the captives has paid the price. The Gardener’s work has brought forth fruit and a garland of blossom crowns that tree where once there had been thorns.

jesus on the tree

And as a Bridegroom decks himself with a garland
and a bride adorns herself with her jewels,
so the earth brings forth its shoots
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so our God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all nations …..
For as a young man marries a young woman so shall your builder marry you
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so shall your God rejoice over you. (Isaiah 61 and 62)

bride with wild flowers

Justice and joy.  Labour and laughter. God’s work and God’s play. Spirit and flesh. Plenty of Spirit and plenty of flesh. Hands skilled at crafts. Backs broken by labour. Feet dancing. Bodies coupling. Earth producing.  Ribbons weaving. Pattern forming. Wheel turning. Fires flaming …..

apple blossom

Beltane blossoming. May Day marrying ….. And summer is a comin in

 

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