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The Tree Of Life


Each man is as a tree, created by God,

  Unique as it reaches to the heavens above.

  For, the tree of life, it blossoms, it grows,

  From its roots to the heavens, its majesty shows.


  The tree of life, kept strong as it grew,

  Shed the old, and began to renew.

  With Christ as its roots, that we do not see,

  Providing the strength, for each special tree.


  With rings of age, trial hidden within - sturdy it stays.

  Through lifeís stormy days - gently it sways.

  Its bark is a shield, to weather the strife,

  But, it is the blood that gives precious life.


  And, if its trunk grows crooked - may it not fall,

  As it searches for heaven - and tries to stand tall.

  For, the tree of life, its branches span wide,

  Though the tree can be hurt, by those at its side.


  But, a broken branch, like a broken heart,

  Can make the tree stronger, though itís ripped apart.


  Left alone, it can wither, and most surely die,

  As tears, from heaven, rain down - in great cry.

  But, cared for, it grows Ė still mighty and strong,

  Its fruits can be many, though its life not long.


  For, from a single tree, fruit and seed come in plenty,

  Food... shelter...air... soil fertility  - so abundantly.

  And, though the tree can be cut, shoots continue to sprout,

  For, the tree of life can not be put out!


  And when the time comes, its wood will burn bright,

  For, the tree of life gives warmth and eternal light.

  And if lightning strikes, and life on Earth stops,

  Iíll reap what Iíve sown as seeds for my crops.


  For, the tree of life, it blossoms, it grows,

  From its roots to the heavens, it majesty shows.

  Yes, each tree is special, for it is true,

  That Christ died on the tree -

  For me - and for you!


  By: Jeanne A.  Brohart

  Copyright 2000


This is one of my most cherished poems...  There is a great deal of imagery in this poem and accompanying picture...

I chose this picture which I had taken in a nearby cemetery on a cold winter morning... Note the light (representative of Christ) and the fact that we all live in its shadow... Like the sun, Christ brings new life... eternal life... The crosses, of course, signify death as well as Christ's sacrifice for us, and remind us that where we go after this life, very much depends on our beliefs. 

The larger view of the cemetery reminds me that I am but one person among so many others who have had trials in life... and that each of us has "a story"... and can make even a small "mark" in the landscape or impact someone else's life...

Life on earth is so short and as such, we must make the most of it in terms of helping and forgiving others, for what we do to help others will play a great role in what we reap later... Note also the footprints in the snow... often... the life we lead is reflected in something as simple as footprints - or the lack thereof -  of a loved one by our grave... footprints truly help portray the "if and how we will be remembered"... 

How will we be remembered by others... as persons who knew how to love... as peace makers... as persons who could forgive even the most horrible of injustices... these are all serious questions we must all ask ourselves.

The tree is a beautiful, simple reminder in our daily life - that although we too go through struggles and hardships, it is Christ who gave the ultimate - choosing to die for all of us while we were yet sinners so that we may be forgiven and find new hope in life and Christ.


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