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{silent sunday} when god spoke to man from a bush of fire

Sunday, October 28, 2012
There is an overgrown bush outside the front door, proudly leaning against our house as if blazing; its pink and red hues are brilliant in the light. The leaves have spilled everywhere along the walkway and the lawn; our feet tread over them in awe, and crush them carefully in our longing. Each day as the children and I head out on our daily walk we pass by the bush and the door, and I find myself lingering before it. I recall my Sunday school lessons long go, remembering when God spoke to man from a bush of fire. I stand, staring at the bush and secretly call for flames, for a clear voice to call out. But there is no response, the leaves only hang on in silence. I turn my back and start to walk away, but my children rush past and run straight into the bush, climbing and shaking branch and limb, leaf and twig. I peek my head among the branches and pause, certain that underneath the tossing of leaves and laughter there is a faint murmur, a flicker. I make my way near them, near the leaves of red and pink. My daughter sits me down among the whispers, and holds out her hands. There is nothing in them, but she sees a cup, and offers it to me. I drink from it. I am certain I taste milk and honey, burning its way down into my belly. I pass the cup back, and there we spend the afternoon, hidden among the scattered embers.
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    Anonymous
    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Beautiful

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    Sonja / A Couple Cooks
    Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Gorgeous! I love these photos. Beautiful prose to match.

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    tealeaver
    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 4:06 am

    This post is absolutely beautiful. Thank you.

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    Jenny @ BAKE
    Monday, October 29, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    stunning!

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    Anonymous
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

    Beautiful and peaceful.
    L

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    Wife/mom/RN/burp cloth
    Friday, December 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Pretty, Sarah! I don’t know how I even got to this old post of yours, but it made me smile. Thank you!

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