Dead Trees, by S. Sharonlu Sheridan OSF

"dead trees"A woman from a third-world country visited the United States.  It was winter here and the trees had lost all their leaves.  In her country, all heat for their homes and cooking came from wood fires.  At seeing all the “dead” trees, she remarked, “You are so lucky to have so much firewood at hand.”

Her Hostess explained that the trees were not dead. They were in a resting time and would bud and bloom and leaf when the weather grew warmer. Happily, the woman’s stay lasted 6 months and she witnessed what she had been told.

It is once again the season of “dead” trees.  Even though we recognize that the tree will be filled with green leaves come spring and summer, they surely do look dead today.  We look at their skeletons but know it is a passing phase in the tree’s life.

Do you ever feel “dead”?  Does it seem like you are so stagnant that you are fit only for being burned?  You must be from a different country, my friend, where skeleton trees are useful only for firewood.

Remember, you are part of an immortal life.  YOU WILL NEVER BE DEAD.  Your body will go through the changes that the trees do, but will rise to a beautiful spring. Children have a wonderful way of hitting the point. A very small boy when asked what the difference was between himself and God, replied.  “Well, God always was and always will be. I wasn’t always was, but I always will be.”

Read his response two or three times, until it sinks in.  “I wasn’t always was, but I always will be.”

Keep that at the forefront of your mind. Remember that Jesus loves you as if there were no other person on the earth.  Love each other.  It is the best way to stay “alive”.

With loving thoughts and prayers for you,

Sharonlu OSF
Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg

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