Trees

“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree;

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest against the sweet earth’s flowing breast.

A tree that looks at God all day and lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in summer wear a nest of robins in her hair.

Upon whose bosom snow has lain; who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me, but only God can make a tree.”

(Joyce Kilmer)

Long before Kilmer lovingly led our souls into the glorious realm of praising the Creator for His marvelous actions, Moses wrote about the first tree. “And God said, Let the earth bring forth….the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself (Genesis 1:11).”

“Good archaeology relies on ever more precise dates – obtainable naturally, from ice-cores and dendrochronology. Oak timbers from a Roman bridge across the Rhine at Koln appeared to have been constructed in 310 A.D.” (Wikipedia)

Dendrochronology is dating the age of trees by an analysis of patterns of tree rings, also knows as growth rings. Each ring represents one year. The Fairbanks House in Dedham Massachusetts, 1640, is the oldest wood-framed house in North America. Another method of attempted dating of materials is Carbon-14. However, examples have been presented that cast doubt on this method. Scientists have ‘guessed’ using outlandish dates of millions and billions of years. The adage, “don’t let facts get in the way of a good story” can apply here. We wisely rely on God’s word and Moses who wrote the first five books. “God made his ways known to Moses.” (Psalm 103:7)

There was in the Garden of Eden a tree called “knowledge of good and evil.” The Lord commanded humans NOT to eat its fruit. (Genesis 3) Absalom’s head was caught in the limbs of an Oak tree where he hung between the heaven and earth. Then, Joab slew him with three darts; that was the penalty for the traitor’s anarchy against his father.

Jesus found an Olive tree in a garden to be an ideal place for prayer. Zacchaeus found out that he could get a better look at Jesus from high up in a Sycamore tree. It was worth the climb because he was saved that day. The sounds from the wind blowing gently through the Mulberry trees gave David directions for battle. Hiram sent Cedar trees to Israel for the construction of the temple. Trees have benefited mankind exceedingly.

Eating fruit from the tree of life, Jesus, gives eternal life today. To do that one believes that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. That is the gospel and one obeys it by repenting, being baptized in Jesus name, and receiving the Holy Ghost. Afterwards, a child of God is “like a tree planted by the water.” Thank God for trees, natural and spiritual!

Rev. Raymond Parnell is Pastor Emeritus of Christ Memorial Temple in Lafayette, Indiana.

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