Friday, November 15, 2013

Five Minute Friday :: Tree


Jeremiah 17:7-8(ESV)

7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
8 He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Trees make me think of history

and of grief {like when I wrote this}

and of all of the ways

in which we fight to live another day.

We reach the roots of our lives

and touch the generations gone by.

This tree is always calling

us home.

To think beyond the narrow

confines of our own lives

and existence.

To reach for something eternal

and the weighty stuff that never passes away.

I want to sink right deep into

this place from which I have come

it seems a very real part of

a very needed healing to

the anchorless days that have sent

me adrift too often.

And to trust in all that feeds and nourishes

that I cannot see.

To know that there is a sun and it rises in

the east and sets in the west

and spans the globe as it has

throughout time.

And there are rains that fall in the humid

and the arid for her needs.

There is a hand that sustains and gives

life instead of the dry and shriveled

wherever a soul seeks the Giver of that Life

that will not fade.

And this is where I plant myself in the

dreary days of a long winter setting in

in a home still so new

from an aching

heart missing all I have seen and touched

for most of my life.

But there is the sweet peace, oh how I breath

it in to be a tree planted by the streams of living

water…to bear fruit in season and to trust

the eternal life given that will always, always



faith filled friday


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