North Highland United Methodist Church
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

The View from the Pastor's Window 

The Linden tree in the front yard of the church is the centerpiece of any view looking East from my office window, and it could not be more intriguing. Life is perpetuated by this tree—it was a “late bloomer” this spring, yet a month ago when it finally leafed out there were a couple robins going in and out from among the leaves. I’m-pretty sure there is now an empty nest in there some place. Today I’m watching bees flit around the tree’s yellow and white blossoms—and somewhere, there will be honey, or vegetation as a result of pollination from their time gathering around our tree!
 
Lines from American poet Joyce Kilmer’s 1913 poem Trees frequently go through my mind as I look up and see its beauty through each season:
I
think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed
against the earth’s sweet 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.
 
Trees are mentioned in many verses of scripture—beginning with the crea-tion stories of Genesis, frequently in the Psalms, and often named by Jesus. The trees reference roots, strength, protection, life, abundance, and more. And of course, just as life is perpetuated by our beautiful Linden tree, life is perpetuated eternally because of a tree which was made into a cross, and on which Jesus gave up his own life, for all.
 
Far sooner than we likely want to acknowledge our Linden tree will lose its leaves, as autumn settles in once again. So in this brief time of sum-mer, enjoy the trees—marvel at their beauty, enjoy their shade, and thank God for all of creation including the trees. And re-member, too, that we like the trees are firmly planted and rooted by God’s grace and love.
 
May your summer be peaceful and well-paced.
 
Pastor Lou

 

July 2019