21 Sep 2007

A Tree Among Other Things

Feeling much relieved. University has been so busy of late and I finally finished the two essays I had due this week. I am really looking forward to having a week's holiday next week; its really messed me up a bit having the mid-semester break towards the end instead of half way through the semester (as "mid" would imply) - because its nice to get everything organised before all the essays and exams pile on!

I've spent today cleaning my room. I really enjoy doing a big, thorough clean and re-arrangement. Its unbelievable how much "stuff" builds up in all the nooks and crannies and cupboards, and boxes and under beds and behind desks etc... I finally brought myself to recycling lots of study notes from last year. After my HSC I couldn't bare to throw away all my hard work but I'm fine about it now. Its all part of my colourful past - I have hung onto a few very special pieces of writing; stories, essays and comments though!

Last year I made illustrated this tree
(You need to click on it to get the full size).
The quote up the top is from Henry Vauhn's poem "Peace" I first stumbled upon it in Elizabeth Gouge's Book of Comfort; and what comfort it has been through the years. Here it is in full:

MY soul, there is a country
Far beyond the stars,
Where stands a wing├Ęd sentry
All skilful in the wars:
There, above noise and danger, 5
Sweet Peace sits crown'd with smiles,
And One born in a manger
Commands the beauteous files.
He is thy gracious Friend,
And—O my soul, awake!— 10
Did in pure love descend
To die here for thy sake.
If thou canst get but thither,
There grows the flower of Peace,
The Rose that cannot wither, 15
Thy fortress, and thy ease.
Leave then thy foolish ranges;
For none can thee secure
But One who never changes—
Thy God, thy life, thy cure.


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