Saturday, December 12, 2020

The Evergreen


Year 8-Day 347: Today, I am grateful for the evergreen tree. 

My dad loved his evergreen trees. The maddest I ever saw him was when someone cut one of the trees down from our lane on a foggy December night in 1983. He could replace a messed up mailbox, but you can't replace a tree so easily.

We used the evergreens to help create a snow fence when the winters were deep and blustery. He purchased them as seedings. We tenderly planted them. It was my job to help keep them watered. I read many books while watering  those trees on hot summer days. 

Evergreens are green all year long. It is part of their appeal. There are many different kinds from Douglas firs to cedars. Each variety is unique. We bring them into our homes for Christmas celebrations. When other trees lose their leaves in the fall, the evergreen continues to look fresh and full of life. They are mentioned many times in the Bible. This verse reminds us of God's creative nature:

"I will plant trees in the barren desert—  cedar, acacia, myrtle, olive, cypress, fir, and pine. I am doing this so all who see this miracle   will understand what it means— that it is the Lord who has done this, the Holy One of Israel who created it." -Isaiah 41:18-20

Beautiful trees, full of life and providing color on a barren landscape. Each winter, one of my favorite scenes is out my back door. Evergreens frosted with snow are breathtaking. 

Today, I am grateful for the evergreen tree. 

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