Lent Reflection

7th April 2022

Wilderness Trees Willow Outdoors Nature http://www.maxpixel

The willow – salix – is commonly found growing near water. The flexible branches, particularly of the osier willow, are used for weaving all manner of baskets from cribs to coffins. Willow can be woven into living sculptures, tunnels and play houses. It is used in encasements to protect river banks. Its flexibility is also out to use in the making of cricket bats. 

The goat and green willows both have silky grey flowers that look like a cat’s paw and are commonly known as pussy willow. Across Europe willow branches are often carried in lieu of palms on Palm Sunday. Being one of the first to produce blooms in early spring, pussy willow is seen as a symbol of new life. 

Willows are associated with both grief and joy.

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. Psalm 137:1-2

Remember to weave a bit of joy into your life each day. Joni T Ross

Author: Judith Russenberger

Environmentalist and theologian, with husband and three grown up children plus one cat, living in London SW14. I enjoy running and drinking coffee - ideally with a friend or a book.

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