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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Pine Siskin and an Easter Thought

Pine Siskin
(Carduelis pinus)

A stately tree grew by a church in one city where it was nurtured
by warm sun and gentle rains.
And, then one day a rough wind blew
it over, revealing shallow roots. The tree had had it too good.
It didn’t have to send down sturdy, steadying roots in search
of food or water. Unlike the old mountain cedar,
born to wind and sleet, this tree had no need for
a tough center and clinging roots.

God’s love for us is made of stern stuff. He cannot give us
everything we ask for; he cannot help us sidestep all suffering,
 for the result would be fragile souls with shallow roots.
He doesn’t want us to be whiners,
complainers or tremblers in the closet.

We are Gods children, and like any loving parent he
cannot be satisfied with us until we have
certain character, certain nobility.
He wants us to become like him.

-Look at your world by Paul H Dunn, Bookcraft 1978


holdingmoments said...

These are just....wow!
Enlarged they are superb Dale. Excellent detail.

Easter greetings to you and your family.

It's Time to Live said...

Your up late 'holding moments'
Thanks for your comments and greetings!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

What an amazing post.I love the Pine Siskin,they are abundant here in winter and bring so much cheer.The verse is one that should be posted on every mirror as a reminder of who we are and to be an encouragement during tough times.Have a Blessed Easter.