The Seasons of Trees

A tree holds immense beauty in all its seasons of life. Flowering blossoms in bright hues adorn a tree in springtime. Lush green leaves on the tree reach out for the sun of summer while casting their cooling shade across the fields. Brilliant red, orange, and yellow leaves glow like embers with the shortening days of autumn. And the winter tree is brought inside, decorated with glimmering lights, glistening garlands, and sparkling ornaments to welcome the Christ child during the dark days of winter. We celebrate these seasons of trees.

Season of Trees

As I sit quietly in the glowing light radiating from my Christmas tree, I spot a darkened shadow. Beneath the lights and the decorations, something lurks. Beyond all the forest green needles, a bleak future stares back at me. Soon, all the beauty that envelopes the Christmas tree will fall away. We will move on from the festive lights of a Christmas tree to the dark blood-stained wood of the tree on Calvary. Christmas’s happiness soon gives way to the somber season of Lent.

Soon, all the beauty that envelopes the Christmas tree will fall away. We will move on from the festive lights of a Christmas tree to the dark blood-stained wood of the tree on Calvary. Click To Tweet

Beauty of Trees

I come from a long line of tree-loving people. My grandfather lovingly pointed out and named each tree as we walked along pathways. My mother inherited the same love for trees. One of her favorite poems was “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer. I love the fact that throughout the Bible and Jesus’ ministry, trees play a predominant role in teaching. Depending on the version of the Bible, 296 verses mention trees. Some poems are used to instruct us on how to stand firm like a tree. While other verses show us what happens to a tree that does not bear fruit. Pictures of tree roots are even used to describe our ancestry in Christ.

Luckily, the tree story does not end with the tree of Calvary. Similarly, we do not remain stuck in a time of Lent. Another glorious tree awaits us in Revelations 22:2;

It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.”

Revelations 22:2
The Forever Tree

The tree of life blooms forever along with our Risen Savior as its source of light. In Heaven, with Jesus, the tree of life will nourish us and heal us. My dream someday is to sit in the shade of the tree that existed from Genesis to Revelations.

My dream someday is to sit in the shade of the tree that existed from Genesis to Revelations. Click To Tweet

I look forward to spending time listening to the King of Kings tell me about His trees as we walk along the golden pathways of Heaven.

Blessings,

Yvonne M Morgan, #Blogger, #Speaker, #Writer

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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38 thoughts on “The Seasons of Trees

  1. Unmasking the Mess – I'm a wife, mother, writer and Jesus follower. I make a lot of messes or seem to get into messes. I honestly admit that I need help from God every day. Unmask the mess with me and find out why messes might be good.
    Julie

    I love how you were able to focus on Christ through these seasons that trees undergo! Thank you for opening my eyes!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Julie. I appreciate your encouragement. I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas. God bless.

  2. Gail Johnson – Georgia – Wife. Mom. Writer. Sharing the hope I've found in the center of His wheel.
    Gail Johnson

    Beautiful post, Yvonne. I love how nature testifies of God’s creativity and His overwhelming love! Merry Christmas!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Merry Christmas Gail and God bless you and your family.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Jessica. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  3. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Quintana

    I love trees, too! Matter fact, my husband and I have been accused of being “tree huggers“. (LOL) I think trees are especially significant in the Bible, and I’m glad that you made good mention of their symbolic meaning to our Christian faith.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      They are such a gift to us too. Thanks Lisa and Merry Christmas.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen. Thanks Beth and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Sounds heavenly Melissa. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  4. Linda Sammaritan – For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher. She crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” This year, Linda and her husband celebrated forty-three years of marriage. Since their three sons don’t live nearby, Linda, now retired, takes time to visit her seven grandchildren several times a year before they grow up and start adventures of their own. Read more of her blogs at http://www.scriblerians.com/.
    Linda Sammaritan

    This was beautiful from beginning to end. I loved you “click to tweets!” And yes, I tweeted them!

    1. Linda Sammaritan – For years, Linda Sammaritan tried to be perfect wife, perfect mother, perfect teacher. She crammed so many activities into her days that twenty-four hours couldn’t possibly hold them all – perfectly. She now lives by the motto, “relentlessly eliminate hurry.” This year, Linda and her husband celebrated forty-three years of marriage. Since their three sons don’t live nearby, Linda, now retired, takes time to visit her seven grandchildren several times a year before they grow up and start adventures of their own. Read more of her blogs at http://www.scriblerians.com/.
      Linda Sammaritan

      I hate it when I click post without proofreading…Repeat: I loved YOUR “clicks to tweets.”

      1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne Morgan

    2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Linda. Merry Christmas

  5. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    I had noticed the discussion of trees in the Bible before, but I hadn’t connected them until now. Fabulous post!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. Wishing you a blessed Christmas.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      They tell us so many stories in the Bible and in life. Thanks Jessie and Merry Christmas.

    2. I was thinking about that line- only God could make a tree. My grandmother, who passed away a year ago yesterday, used to say that all the time. Her farm was my safe place growing up, with scores of fruit and climbing trees. Your blog brought back wonderful memories- and I’m delighted to read the rest of that poem. Your blog brought back some beautiful memories; thanks!

      1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne Morgan

        I am glad it gave you a smile. Thanks Candice and Merry Christmas to you and yours.

      2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne Morgan

        Thanks Jennifer. God bless and Merry Christmas.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      It will be a glorious day. Thanks Emily and Merry Christmas

  6. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    So beautiful! So inspiring! I loved this, Yvonne! We are also a family of tree lovers. My dad can identify trees by their bark or leaves and can rattle off any special qualities or uses for the given tree. I love their beauty in every season. But most of all, I love how you tied all these deep spiritual truths to the tree. From the Christmas tree to the tree where Jesus hung. The tree in the garden to the tree in Revelation. Wonderful piece!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks so much Melissa. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  7. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Thank you for drawing our attention to trees! I’m from a family of tree huggers as well, and that is a favorite poem. We grew up on the prairie, and so trees were precious. However, I hadn’t ever thought about the focus on trees that exists all through the Scriptures, from tree number one in the garden to the final tree of life on the new earth. And, I also hadn’t considered all the trees tied together throughout the rest of the story, Abraham’s oaks of Mamre, Jesus cursing the fig tree that didn’t bear fruit, to name just a couple. It never occurred to me. I love it when another believer tells me something that I hadn’t noticed before from God’s Word! Bless you, sister!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda so much. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  8. Stephen – Maine – Stephen, an Air Force veteran, runs a ministry called Friends Helping Friends, which reaches out to communities with food distribution, youth ministering and the Word of God. He wrote his first published book in 2010 and followed with a study guide for his book in 2011 titled "Acts the Next Generation". In 2011 he graduated from the Apostolic Training Ministry School where he now teaches his course, "Acts the Next Generation" as well as Adult Bible Study. He is a licensed Minster through Celebration Center in Fort Fairfield Maine and his goal will always be to continue to show the world Christ through his walk each day. Stephen and Barbara Lewis have been married since 1991 and have a heart for the Lord and love blessing others physically and spiritually. They live in Maine and have two wonderful children Samantha and Steven, A wonderful daughter In Law Victoria, as well as one Grandchild Xavier whom they Love all of them dearly.
    Stephen

    A-Men Sister such a Beautiful Message and I Love how you talked about trees because you truly captured God’s Beautiful creative skills!!! He is the tree of Life A-Men!!! God bless you Sister as you continue to inspire..

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      He is our tree of life. Thanks dearest Stephen. Wishing you a blessed Christmas

  9. So beautiful, Yvonne. One this thought and tweet, “Soon, all the beauty that envelopes the Christmas tree will fall away. We will move on from the festive lights of a Christmas tree to the dark blood-stained wood of the tree on Calvary. Christmas’s happiness soon gives way to the somber season of Lent.” It reminded me of the song that says something like “He grew the tree that became the old Rugged Cross.”

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Karen. That is a beautiful song too. Merry Christmas.

  10. Barb Ready – Wife, Mama, Gigi. Jesus has done so much for me all I want to do is help people know Him better. Teaching true freedom through stories. Some painful, some joyful, some hilarious!
    Barb Ready

    Can’t wait to meet you under that tree!
    Merry Christmas

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Merry Christmas to you and yours

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen. Merry Christmas

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