“True love of another person is born of freedom and never from force or a feeling of obligation.”
They Grow In Clusters, Brett Blair
Though I have never seen the Sequoia trees of California, known as Redwoods, I am told they are spectacular, towering as much as 300 feet above the ground. Strangely, these towering trees have unusually shallow root systems that spider out just under the surface of the ground to catch as much of the surface moisture they can. And this is their vulnerability. Storms with heavy winds would almost always bring these giants crashing to the ground but this rarely happens because they grow in clusters and their intertwining roots provide support for one another against the storms.
When we are together, either as a family or as a church, we provide this same support. Pain and suffering come to all of us. But, just like those giant Sequoia trees, we can be supported in those difficult times by the touch of one another’s lives. The knowledge that we have someone; that we are not alone; that there is someone who is willing to touch us, hold us, keeps us from being destroyed.
“May you always have someone to uphold you in the storms of life.” – Lorraine Jara
“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.” – Julia Alvarez