Day 25 -January 25, 2013
“Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.” -Mark Twain
“Since, then, we have such a hope, we act with great boldness…” -2 Corinthians 3:12
“Work with nature. Go to your yard or nearby park and collect materials to work with.” -from 365 A Daily Creativity Journal by Noah Scalin
The Springfield Community of Christ church building sits near a beautiful lake. There is a footpath that goes all the way around it and sometimes I go to this “back yard” to walk, to think, to meditate and talk with God. There, I have a special place…a tree of hope. Someone, a long time ago inscribed the word “Hope” into the bark of the tree and others have come along and added their own inscriptions of various sorts. But it is that one word that can keep me going, like a pat on the back, a healing touch, or a cool drink of water along the way. People need that at times to remind them that in the midst of cold sorrow, buried in the deepest despair there is a hope waiting to blossom forth.