A Mountain Tree

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Photo by Phillip Colla OceanLight.com
Ancient Bristlecone Pine
Photo by Phillip Colla
OceanLight.com

A Mountain Tree
if it would see the far horizons and the stars
may never know a sheltered place,
nor grow symmetrical in grace;
Such trees must battle doggedly the blasts,
and bear the scars.

Loyal Marion Thompson

It seems to me that God has put us who bear his Message on stage in a theater in which no one wants to buy a ticket. We’re something everyone stands around and stares at, like an accident in the street. We’re the Messiah’s misfits. You might be sure of yourselves, but we live in the midst of frailties and uncertainties. You might be well-thought-of by others, but we’re mostly kicked around. Much of the time we don’t have enough to eat, we wear patched and threadbare clothes, we get doors slammed in our faces, and we pick up odd jobs anywhere we can to eke out a living. When they call us names, we say, “God bless you.” When they spread rumors about us, we put in a good word for them. We’re treated like garbage, potato peelings from the culture’s kitchen. And it’s not getting any better. 1 Corinthians 4:9-13 The Message

Stars and the Milky Way rise above ancient bristlecone Photo by Phillip Colla OceanLight.com
Stars and the Milky Way rise above ancient bristlecone
Photo by Phillip Colla
OceanLight.com

“Unreasonable Faith” Copyright 2010 by R.Stephan Toman All rights reserved. No material may be quoted or copied for other than personal use without written permission.

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"all who were down on their luck came around—losers and vagrants and misfits of all sorts." 1 Samuel 22:2