All Saints' Day...
I sit beneath a tree in the cathedral grounds and wait for lunch.
The leaves of this long-planted tree droop dryly, soon to fall and wait, as I wait, for Spring.
Trees are not all that is planted here. People are planted here too.
The stones markers stand like tabs in a spring garden that say, "carrots" or "lettuce," proclaiming remarkably that from the ash black soil, tender life will soon shoot up.
But people are planted here.
John. Mary. Peter. And a thousand others with Scottish names.
As I look on, I am conscious of many histories that lie sleeping in this church yard. Souls, stories, personalities. Undrinkable oceans of thoughts and choices and value. In quietness they speak to me...
Do not disturb these beds.
We're waiting for the spring.
And a church is planted here. Its monument pierced through, perhaps so the others can see the sea and the sunrise.
We're all waiting.
This tree, this garden, this church, me.
For lunch, for Spring, for sunrise.
And some Easter day, the waiting will be filled.
The sun will rise over the old sea, warming the frozen ground.
And all the planted people will wake up, rise from their wintered beds, stretch their limbs and yawn. They will kiss and embrace their long lost beloveds. They will laugh because all their tears are spent.
And the old stone giant will gather together all her hewn stoneage and do what she has longed to do all these years: Dance.
And this old tree above me will shake its spring green, shaggy head and sing...
"This is what I've been saying all these seasons!"
And the first planted of the souls will come laughing over the glittering waters, waking up all who were planted in Him.
Spring will come true at last.
But today, the leaves still fall and the spring seeds still sleep in the freezing ground.
And I am still waiting for lunch.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24)