Reaching to touch God

Being content to touch man.

Filtering sun and rain and rainbows.

Showering leaves like autumn rain.

Creating shelter for people, animals, plants the same.

Enjoying every bird and squirrel and insect that crawls.

Engulfing everything it in its embrace.

Smiting nothing.

Enduring everything.

Bowing to the wind.

Shivering not in the snow.

Shielding, but not being shielded.

Protecting, but not being protected.

Caring not about its own purpose or design.

Becoming all that the Creator destined for it to be.

Standing as a sentinel.

Beautiful. Purposeful. Strong. Steady.

Bending, but not breaking.

Yet in its death,

Giving life.


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This post was written for Five-Minute Friday, a feature of Lisa Jo Baker’s blog. Each Friday, Lisa gives one word and participants write about the word for five minutes. Today’s word is Tree.

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

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