Not far from the tree

You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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While reflecting on the fall season, I decided to try my hand at poetic prose.

The following is my tribute to the beauty and majesty of God in this season. I entitled this piece, “Not far from the tree.”  I derived the title from the saying, “The apple never falls far from the tree,” which means children tend to reflect the characteristics of their parents. Although there is usually a negative connotation with this saying, I choose to adopt a meaning that connects me to the goodness of my Father. To this end, I found Psalm 139: 14 (ESV) reflects my praise of His works, that is, the beautiful fall foliage, and my gratefulness for the beauty He created as me:

“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

I walk outside and stand under a large Norway maple tree. I look up and observe its tall, firm, stately grace consisting of a thick trunk and branches that seem like benevolent arms reaching out. I appreciate the feel of its shade and gentle breeze stirring its leaves. I take a small step around the tree and notice that my foot touches a leaf on the pavement. I recognize that the leaf comes from this tree, as its color and shape look similar to the leaves still attached. I decide to pick up this leaf and study it. The leaf is a deep, purple color and palmate in shape. It feels smooth and leathery to my touch. I turn the leaf over and observe a branching pattern of veins that spreads throughout the entire leaf. Something inside encourages me to cherish this leaf. Its color is dark in tone, like my own skin, and its palmate shape is like my own hand. I am inspired to cherish the magnificence of God, this tree, this leaf, and His magnificence in me.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made! How would you celebrate yourself and His works? Please share with me on Twitter!

Go set a watch

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Nothing shall separate us from the love of God!

Let our hope rest in the love of God!

 

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To our fathers whose sons are leaving the nest

Happy Father’s Day!

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Something to take on the road with you

Take faith with on your travels for Memorial Day!

 

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My journey to National Poetry Month

My poetry blog debuts!

For 2017, I decided to take a step toward getting my poetry recognized. To commemorate this turning point in my journey as a poet, I thought it would be appropriate to debut my poetry blog at time when poetry is celebrated- National Poetry Month! Continue reading “My journey to National Poetry Month”