Strength and Patience Await

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“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.” Hal Borland.
I love trees.  I was an avid tree climber as a child.  During the sultry summers in Georgia, tall Sweet Gum trees were great for climbing, cooling off, and feeling on top of the world.  Trees sheltered me when I wanted to escape and be alone.

The grand old Southern Magnolias and the Weeping Willows had branches that reached the ground and created a dim and mysterious place to hide.  Fallen trees, with their bare limbs, made imaginary houses with the long spindles serving as room dividers and the trunk as the floor.  My sister and I named the “rooms” as we created our homes in the woods.


But as an adult I still love to brush my fingertips along the tree bark and wrap my arms around the trunk of an old tree.  I  sense life, vitality, and history flowing through the wood.  When I feel the tree against my body, I think of all the years and seasons it has lived:  standing still, serving as shelter, providing nourishment, giving inspiration, and asking for nothing in return.  A wave of gratitude never fails to wash over me.  I love trees!
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