Palm trees figure heavily in Exodus. They give height to the land of the Jew’s captivity, they shelter on their trek from waterhole to waterhole. Later they mark where water can used for settlement. Lent is an exodus too – from the babel of data, passing voices and thrum of everyday sounds to a quiet oasis to find God within and without.
“Life in a prison cell may well be compared to Advent; one waits, hopes, and does this, that, or the other- things that are of no real consequence- the door is shut, and can be opened only from the outside.”
Letters from Prison – November 21, 1943”
― Dietrech Bonhoeffer