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Topic: Park (10/25/12)
TITLE: The span of Dan
By Margaret Kearley
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We stepped from the heat of a blazing noon,
Surprised by refreshing cool shade,
Absorbing the rivulet’s babbling tune
We wandered the green woodland glade.
Abundant rich flora and fauna,
A welcome to Israel’s north corner.
Tall trees stretching skyward, their branches high raised,
A pleasing green canopy cover,
And small Cetti’s warblers, white wagtails and jays
Trill sweet music out loud to each other.
Rushing and roaring, the streams in their haste
Tumble and fall with a fast, playful pace.
Beneath the eye of ‘the mountain of snow,’
The age-d impressive Mount Hermon,
Relentlessly pours down a fast melting flow
Of streams that course into the Jordan.
But this fertile oasis, now Dan National Park,
Tells tales of years bygone, black, troubled and dark.
We step through the woodland, we strip back the years
Now hidden by time’s turning pages,
And recall the slaughter, the pain and the tears
Of this land through the century-ages.
Reminders from Scripture, the actions of man
Are uncovered, confirmed, by the stones of Tel Dan.
Here Laish was slaughtered, caught out unaware
By the m’rauding intent of Tribe Dan,
Here fell a people, calm, gentle and fair
By an enemy’s covetous plan.
Desiring this green land, Dan plundered the spoil -
The blood of the Laish-ites cries from the soil.
Here too, Jereboam’s own wisdom combined
Idolat’ry with Israel’s True King
And lacking all trust in the promise divine
Led God’s ones to gross sick’ning sin.
The site of his pagan calf altar of gold
Brings chill to the heart with a shiver of cold.
O beautiful Dan, the annals of time
Tell of conflict o’er centuries sore.
Your fertile abundancy rich and sublime
Has oft been a corridor of war.
With sombre reflection on history’s time-span,
I can’t easily forget the Park that is Dan.
Two weeks ago we were able to visit the amazing Dan National Park where the Scriptures ‘live’ with uncovered archeological evidence of many centuries – an unforgettable experience.
1 Kings 12:26-28
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