Five Minute Friday – Tree

It’s Five Minute Friday!  My favorite writing time of the week.

Last week, the word was TRUTH.

Today’s writing prompt is… TREE.

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Five Minute Friday

When I was in seventh grade, my mom drug me to Glorietta New Mexico for music week at the Baptist Retreat Center there.

I wasn’t happy about it.

I got squished in the middle of the vinyl backseat between my mom and some strange lady from the church.  My aunt and uncle were in the front seat and my uncle was a horrible driver.

I arrived at the camp filled with as much angst and attitude as I dared to display.  You can imagine the eye rolling my mom endured when she announced that I would be spending the week with other angst filled junior high students as we learned an entire new choral production in five days.

Not just one song.  An entire book of songs.

The composer himself would be leading us in the debut performance of his work.

My little junior high brain was not impressed.  I’d been dragged across all of Texas to be stuffed into a tiny smelly practice hall to sit with a bunch of stinky pimply boys and attitudinally challenged girls.

Not. Good.

Somewhere in the afternoon of that first day, my attitude melted away.  We began to work on a piece of music unlike anything I’d ever sung before.  It was to be sung without any instrumental accompaniment, and it featured four part vocal harmony.

I was enthralled.

The way the vocal parts wove together to become more was magical.

Even now, well over 30 years later, I can still hear the words that we sang.  I can can still hear snatches of sound, remembering the sweet harmonies of our voices raised together in that small space nestled in the mountains.

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.

When I saw Lisa-Jo’s writing prompt today for “tree” I closed my eyes and remembered, once again, the magic of that moment.

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Five Minute Friday  is hosted by Lisa-Jo Baker at The Gypsy Mama. Five minutes of free writing flash mob goodness.

If you aren’t familiar, the rules are simple.  Lisa-Jo gives a single word writing prompt every Friday.  Each of us have five minutes to write and post.  No editing, no second guessing, no fancy stuff.  Just plain writing – straight from the heart. (click HERE for the official rules and details).  Then we go visit other participants and shower them with comment love

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Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Your tree post contains powerful words and images. That, after all this time, you can bring the sights and smells of your choral camp back shows is amazing, and shows how symbolic a moment can be.
    Thank you for sharing your experiences — I found myself experiencing it with you.

  2. What a remarkable message. It literally felt like you were standing by that tree and preaching. It reminded me of the Angus Buchannan movie. Great job.
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  3. I love that memorizing scripture put to song solidifies it in my mind moreso than any other way of memorization. I sang Chorus in high school (at a Christian school) and have several songs based on scripture etched in my memory.
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  4. So good to hear your childhood angst.. LOL .. But I presumed you are really a good singer. You are really blessed to have such a great blessing.. 🙂
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  5. I absolutely love that bible verse. The tree metaphor applies when you stick to your morals and not associate closely with those that lead you astray.

    Not that you shouldn’t befriend sinners, but do not let them be influential to your whatever path you need to be on.

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