BENEATH THE SHADE TREE
Beneath the branches of a large mulberry tree
In the heat of a summer day,
The shade comforts
A light breeze soothes,
Thoughts of the day stream through the mind
Thoughts of tomorrow,
Thoughts of eternity.
A renewed sense of being washes over
Of purpose in the sight of God
Words heard and read, words meditated,
Simply one servant, another honest truth seeker,
Gift of wisdom lavished abundantly.
It all comes down to worship
Living only in the Spirit of truth,
Divine praise inspired
Carried by most sensitive winds of honor
That flow through the soul
In a heart lifted higher
Given visions, dreams of what is to come;
While angels comfort the present stress,
Peace settles within, gift of Messiah from above
Confidence rests as the cool of the shade
Always offered, freely given
Steadfast assurance of each day’s reward
Whether boughs hang thick and heavy or not.
This man rejoices always
In what has been mercifully given
Everlasting life, knowledge of the Holy One
Pure wisdom of heaven’s sovereign presence
A mouth that can always sing praise
Songs that rise up in new life from within.