It was a graceful willow tree that called to me. When the world got too confusing and too noisy, I would sit in the open hand of my tree to feel its comfort and to feel connected to something bigger than myself. The rustling leaves offered soft approvals and I would feel a presence I could not name. The tree became my regular go-to for prayer, strength and guidance. But it was inevitable that I would grow up and soon my encounters with my tree became less and less frequent.
Then one memorable evening I recall lingering a bit longer enjoying a bright starlit sky. Silhouetted against the night sky, my tree stood taller than I remembered. A summer breeze rippled through the air and my willow tree swayed low. It seemed to nod reverently to me.
I nodded back.
It felt like a farewell . . .
Tomorrow: Part Two of Timeless Presence
Today’s post is in honor of trees, lovely and steadfast.
THINK LIKE A TREE Soak up the sun Affirm life’s magic Be graceful in the wind. Stand tall after a storm. Feel refreshed after it rains Grow strong without notice. Be prepared for each season Provide shelter to strangers. Hang tough through a cold spell. Emerge renewed at the first signs of spring Stay deeply rooted while reaching for the sky. Be still long enough to hear your own leaves rustling. -------W Jacobs, K Shragg, Tree Stories: Collection of Extraordinary Encounters
And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. -----Genesis 2:9
And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. ------Genesis 3:22-24
**Timeless Presence is an excerpt from my book, The Nature Whisperer: Seasons of Light.
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