Wandering in the Tokai Arboretum this week, I came upon a grove of eucalyptus trees with their trunks smooth and shining. The last strips of the previous year’s bark were being sloughed off like the spent skin of a snake, revealing the purity beneath. Through the gift of forgiveness, we too can release the past and make a fresh start.
Marble virgins standing naked, unashamed as a guiltless child.
The past released falls to your feet, discarded like a ragged skirt.
In newborn skin you smoothly shine: forgiven, nothing left to hide.