Not only that, I think that the palm’s entire root system is suspended within the other tree, not going all the way to the ground.
Another hollowed tree nearby reminds me of both (1) the skull shaped rock (Golgotha) where Jesus is thought to have been crucified and (2) a dark tomb carved into rock, as during Bible times.
|Is this Golgotha?
“When they came to
the place called the Skull,
they crucified him there,
along with the criminals—
one on his right,
the other on his left.”
|A cave tomb from Bible times|
On a brighter note, representing the Resurrection for my arboreal parable, is a lovely spring-blooming tabebuia tree growing just across the railroad tracks. (See my post Tabebuia, The Brilliant Yellow Flowering Tree of Spring.)
… and an overlapping loquat tree representing the fruit of the Holy Spirit, who came after Jesus ascended to heaven.
love,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29185D" data-link="(D)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> joy, peace,<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-29185E" data-link="( of the Spirit is E)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> patience,
kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Yes, I am quite aware of how odd this blog post is, how odd the palm tree wedged into the other tree. But everything about Holy Week itself is odd.
|Christ of St. John of the Cross
by Salvatore Dali, 1951
The King of the Universe came to Jerusalem, not in conquest, but in compassion. He rode on a humble donkey rather than a war horse. He is the King of Peace, gentle (except to the money changers, whose tables he overturned in the temple courts), servant-hearted (washing the smelly feet of his disciples), willing to sacrifice himself to save sinners, even begging his Father to forgive those who were crucifying him.
|Throne Room of Grace
by Virginia Quarrier,
Then there is the matter of the torn temple veil, the earthquake, and the resurrection of many holy saints at the hour of his death.
And his own resurrection on the third day? Incredible, yet true!
What is at all normal about any of that? Yet that is the way he works.
But God chose the things of the world to the ; God chose the weak things of the world to the strong.” 1 Corinthians 1:27
This brings great hope to me. I often feel like the odd woman out. I don’t fit so many religious paradigms, yet God still uses me.
That’s enough from me for now. Excuse me while I go think up some other odd thoughts. I’ll be back.
You are welcome to read my Holy Week series on my main blog, or visit my Holy Week and Easter link page.