Tuesday, February 22, 2011

planting trees

Andrew Peterson is one of my favorite writers. His heart reflects so many of the same passions and joyful celebrations that reverberate within my own being; and I love love love to read anything that he writes.
Not only is he a gifted writer, he is a gifted musician, and from all appearances, an engaging human being. He and his wife, Jamie, are definitely, definitely on my list of people I would like to have tea and conversation with. (And I especially love that my big boy is a fan of the music. He sings along in the most adorable fashion. Along with the Crowdster, of course.)

Next week Coffee Waves is celebrating their 3 year anniversary and there is going to be an art show in honor of it! One of the pieces I am planning on showcasing is based on this song that Andrew wrote. I encourage you to read these lyrics, then watch the video below to understand where the words came from. He explains it (nearly four minutes of chatter) with grins and then sings it (seemingly directly to my own heart) How moved I am by these words, and once the illustration is completed, I shall post it for you who are faraway to see. Those of you in the area ought to go to the opening (details still in the works).

Planting Trees by Andrew Peterson

We chose the spot, we dug the hole

We laid the maples in the ground to have and hold
As Autumn falls to Winters sleep
We pray that somehow in the Spring
The roots grow deep

And many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn

He took a plane to Africa
He gathered up into his arms
An orphan son

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
This tree will spread its branches out
And bless the dawn

So sit down and write that letter
Sign up and join the fight
Sink in to all that matters
Step out into the light
Let go of all that's passing
Lift up the least of these
Lean into something lasting
Planting trees

She rises up as morning breaks
She moves among these rooms alone
Before we wake
And her heart is so full; it overflows
She waters us with love and the children grow

So many years from now
Long after we are gone
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless the dawn
These trees will spread their branches out
And bless someone



xo jade

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