Among the trees

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To grant those who mourn in Zion, Giving them a garland instead of ashes, The oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3)

Among the trees

by: Carole L. Haines

O, to stand for hours among the trees

to gaze up into their varied branches

to sink deeply into the strength of one of their trunks

to tiptoe easily among their roots, exposed above the ground.

I ponder there a single tree, its majesty, its strength, its immovability

Courage and Strength so unlike my own

to stand against the harshness of the Winter’s Blast

I listen as the wind takes each leaf, each branch, and kisses it

like a Wild Irish Dancer, these trees bow to the winds embrace

I marvel at the Beauty of the clouds they wear as hats

and follow their roots down to the stream from which they drink

I want to be like them, these trees.

 I can’t help but feel a sense of gratitude toward the God who made them

The God who made these trees for us to ponder and enjoy

and I realize I love them so much, because they remind me of God

His majesty, His joy, His stability and strength

His love for all things that grow, His mercy and His grace.

I want to hide among these trees, wherever they may be

to hide from the haters outside of them

To walk and breathe in their Autumn, as they shed their leaves

To hear crispy sound of ice that crackles, when formed upon their boughs

Their sudden Treeish laughter, when Spring Time comes around

I used to climb these beauties when I was so very young

high up to the Treetops where I could see everything, everyone

Coming down was always hard, because the views up their go on forever

A Horizon stretched as far as my human eyes can see

I felt closer to love there, closer to God

The closer I got back down to the ground,

the more I felt the presence of the haters.

And so, I stand for hours among the trees

I gaze up into their varied branches and I remember

I remember God, and all is well.

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About eloracseniah

May Truth prevail and Love triumph, where we have failed. Amen
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