Arbor Day Reflection

Posted on: April 26, 2018 2:00 pm
Tags: Blog, Nature trail,

Sister Ann Marie Pflum on the SND Nature Trail with a Girl Scout troop.

Planting a tree is a great act of faith. It is not something that we do for that day; we do it for many days and years ahead.  We want to be sure that the roots have plenty of room to expand and the branches will have space to extend. We plant for the beauty the tree provides. We do it for the shade it will give. And if it is fruit bearing, we do it for the fruits we will enjoy. Our tree needs continual nourishment from earth, water, and sun; it needs tending. And sometimes it needs pruning to grow. 

As we consider planting trees this Arbor Day, let’s also consider the tree of our faith. We want its roots to go deep and be nourished with the Scriptures, prayers and rituals that are life giving. Those things help it not fall over in a storm. We want the impact of faith to find loving expression as we stretch out our arms and hands in loving care of those we encounter so that the fruit that we bear will not be just for ourselves; it will be for God’s People and all of creation. Give your faith the continual nourishment it needs through times of prayer, community, and service.

Happy Arbor Day!

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