Anna's Hosannas!
Free Worship Resources for Use with the Lectionary
 
The Back Story:  I had an opportunity to visit Israel when I was in seminary.  One place which really struck me was the grove of olive trees in the area of Gethsemane.  They looked so old and gnarled, but kindly somehow - like gentle grandparents.  I thought about Jesus sitting under these trees, allowing himself to rest on their strong roots, to be sheltered by their fruitful branches.  I wondered if he felt companioned by them as he faced his own frightening death on the cross.  Finally I thought about his tears, how they might have flowed down off his face, watering the ground of the olive trees.  Out of that reflection came this song, written for Easter.
 
Tune “Be Thou My Vision”
Vs 1
Deep in the garden went Jesus that day,
Asking his friends both to watch and to pray,
Sleep called them away as he fell on his knees - 
Alone yet cradled ‘neath the old olive trees.

Vs 2
Heartbreak and sorrow poured out into tears
Crying he whispered his hopes and his fears,
But angels came to comfort him, fill him with peace
Tears sinking in the soil of the old olive trees.

Vs 3
Two days of darkness the earth held its breath
Caught in the stillness between life and death,
Dawn of the third day brought life on the breeze,
Blew on the waiting branch of the old olive trees.

Vs 4
Thrill of the new birth shook all through the ground
The garden of silence now burst into sound!
Mixture of heartbreak and hope’s great increase
Now in the salty fruit of the old olive trees.
 
Vs 5
Fruit of the nations and hope of the earth
Still God is op-ning the world to new birth.
We keep our vigil to earth's pain and need,
We bear Christ's healing fruit; we're the new olive trees.