on pruning {and symbolism found within}

pruned last year

to encourage and make room for

new growth

this year

when love beckons to you, follow him,
though his ways are hard and steep.
and when his wings enfold you, yield to him,
though the sword hidden among his pinions
may wound you.
and when he speaks to you, believe in him,
though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
for even as love crowns you
so shall he crucify you.
even as he is for your growth
so is he for your pruning.
even as he ascends to your height and caresses
your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
so shall he descend to your roots and
shake them in their clinging to the earth.

~kahlil gibran

{photos taken today of shrubs in my front yard—surrounded by snow—hopefully the last snow they will see this spring. click on the images to see greater detail.}


Char said...

gorgeous shots and I love the pairing with Gibran. it is amazing what timely pruning can do and the damage it can do if done too late. there is a lot of food for thought in this analogy - I like it. pruning allows us to grow in abundance and beauty.

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Jane said...

Ah yes, pruning. It hurts. But God promises renewal.
Thanks for sharing in lovely words and photos as always.