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I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord; “plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

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Under Woods

September 17, 2021



 

For the oh-so-alive and life-sheltering trees, I praise You, God.

            May their roots be mine, grounded in the humility of earth.

For the green, green, life-exploding leaves, I praise You, God.

            May the shade and beauty of my life comfort others.

For the rough, strong, never straight but crooked trunks, I praise You, God.

            May their strength be mine, weathering storms, not seeking straight lines.

For the out-shooting, light-seeking branches, I praise You, God.

            May I like them reach up to Your glory and out to the world.

For the woods, the underwood, and all that is over the woods, I thank You, God.

            May I be who You made me to be and no one else.



The featured image is courtesy of Lancia E. Smith and is used here with her glad permission for Cultivating.



 

Sheila Vamplin

comments

  1. Judy Kimmel says:

    Lovely, Sheila! And nice refence to the “underwoods”.

  2. Sheila,
    Of all the aspects of creation, I think I have learned the most from trees. They have scared me, comforted me instructed me and revealed truths to me about the eternal.
    I totally relate and agree with the messages of this piece!
    Thank you,
    Denise

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