August 15, 2016 - Comments Off on This Tree of Ours

This Tree of Ours

If this community is a tree,
we are roots, and bark, and trunk,
with limbs, and leaves and blossoms.
Yes, you and them,
him and her,
he and she,
each a part of this beautiful tree.

Our roots find their way through the soil,
digging through dirt rich in the blood of martyrs,
testimonies and teaching feed our growth.

Beneath this layer is the bedrock of our faith,
this Jesus — the beginning and the end,
the living word, God incarnate.

His spirit is the aquifer flowing throughout,
bringing living water upwards to quench our thirst,
for life, for meaning, for faith and grace.

Teachers and preachers establish our trunk,
Words and pictures of how we are to,
react and respond in the ups and downs of life.

Our tree is encircled with a protective bark,
those who serve among us,
arms wrapped around, pulling us together.

The sap beneath our bark, is our lifeblood,
encouragers whose words are sweet, and long lasting,
through dark nights and long winter days.

The apostles among us grow outward,
branches and limbs ever expanding,
a covering from the storms around us.

The new shoots and leaves are our prophets,
soaking up the SON, they spur us upward,
for a season they do their work, and then rest. abide.

The blossoms are the merciful,
their beauty draws us in, healing flows from their nectar,
their prayers prepare us, for the coming harvest.

Producing fruit is why we are here,
planted in this place, in this soil,
justice, peace, and grace are the flavors we create.

The Gospel Message then is found,
is acted out, is incarnate… in us,
in these pews.

This community is a tree,
we are roots, and bark, and trunk,
with limbs, and leaves and blossoms.
Yes, you and them,
him and her,
he and she,
each a part of this beautiful tree.

Published by: samuel in Prose

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