Trees of the Field is an original song written and performed by Wendell Kimbrough. We are pleased to share this song along with an image of the painting “The Patient” by Lauren Shea Little, painted in reaction to Kimbrough’s song.
“Trees of the Field is a reflection on the value of work in a broken world. Does our work matter? For all the time, toil, and frustration we put in, will our work ultimately be of any value? The song wrestles with these questions in light of 1 Corinthians 3 and Isaiah 55. It sees the Corinthians passage as posing a question to which Isaiah 55 suggests answers.”
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
1 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat…
10…As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the LORD’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
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Wendell Kimbrough grew up in tiny Mt. Olive, Mississippi, listening to his Dad’s James Taylor, Randy Newman, and Simon & Garfunkel records. After a short stint playing bluegrass in the Carolinas in college, Wendell landed in Washington, DC in 2007 to help plant a church. Though he’d been songwriting since high school, it was the support and encouragement of his friends in DC that gave him the courage to begin pursuing music as a career. Since putting out his first album in 2009, Wendell has shared the stage with Damien Jurado, Elizabeth and the Catapult, Revolver, and Dennison Witmer, to name a few. His second album is scheduled for release in Fall 2011. Learn more about it, or even get involved, by clicking here.
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