On the first day of the Lunar New Year, we were walking through a local shopping mall and saw they’d put up this tree:
It turned out to be a wishing tree – people were invited to write their wishes on a card, and hang them on the tree. The branches were full of notes.
Some were predictable:
I wish for endless love! And lots of money!
Good health for my parents
To find a good job
Some were lovely:
That Josh proposes to me
Dear God, May we love each other just as you have loved us.
Some expressed pain and longing:
For us to fall pregnant with a healthy baby
For my parents to choose who I love
For my son to come home
Some were sad:
For my Mr Grey to find me
For my family to get along,
For my parents to stay together
I think what kept Cheryl and I there for over an hour, reading message after message, was this: what we wish for is a window into our hearts.
So I started to pray to the Triune God for each card I read. After all, who else can answer our prayers? Who are we wishing to? God? A Higher power otherwise undefined?
I found it hard to stop thinking about the messages afterwards, so jotted a few lines of verse down.
// WISHING TREE //
Under the Wishing Tree hopes expressed
and names signed
Tamara pleads for a family in heaven
A prayer that God in Christ sought to answer
When he too dangled his message on wood
Jesus Messiah laid bare for sinners
Our names bound to him by scarlet thread
His death and revival
Brings the arrival of riches exceeding red packet provisions
This New Year lift your eyes to true prosperity
God’s Son wishing life from his death on a tree.