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때문에, 나는 가정, 하나님은 여전히 우리가 그에게 좋은 전화 것, 그는 (여기에 웨스트 미시간, 적어도) 우리에게 자신의 얼굴이 빛을 비추고 햇빛으로 우리를 축복 첫 2 월 일. 1 월에 태양은 희망으로 가득, 진정, 따뜻하게.이 태양은 웃는다. 그것은 터널의 끝에 빛이다사물의 끝과 시작은 우리가 엿볼 수 있고 다시 그러나 attainstymimied이 바이러스 성 겨울에 갇혀.이 일몰과 웃음나무에 도어신 절망에서 나를 끌어 호수로의 도보 행진 plodfor 나는 somethinganythinganythinganything 향해 이동해야합니다 하지만 앉아있는 대기모든 아무것도 내가 해왔다. 숲에서 내가 실행 할. 나는 홀러하고 싶어요.나는 국경에있는 부스의 플렉시 유리로 내 passportagainst 석고를 운전하고 싶습니다. 나는 동방 석고를 운전하고 싶습니다.그들은 테이블에 앉아 복도에 춤그리고 포옹과 울고 웃음을 sing.I 크리스마스 방안을하고 싶습니다. 나는 뒤뜰에서 불꽃을 시작그리고 우리가 함께되는 달 forjoy에 firehowling 주위에 춤을 내 친구를위한 파티를 던져 우리는 화재마다 우리의 마스크 중 하나에 구울 수 있습니다.나는 일을 원하는 가득 차 있습니다. 그러나 내가하고 싶은 일들은 내가하지 않습니다.나는 madwoman처럼 춤을 추지 않는다. 나는 눈이 내리는 가장 좋은 경로를 찾는 산책 marchploddedfor 자신의 원하는에 대해 walkedmarchedploddedfor 수백에 의해 아래로 포장된다.그들의 가지가 넓고 낮고, 이 가지에 집착 나뭇잎 — 죽은 갈색. 나는 집착 말, 하지만 난 설득력있는 나무는 그들에 붙들고, 다른 방법은 주변-잡고 시간이 될 때까지 그들을 잡고 있습니다 새로운 무언가를위한.그냥 적절한 시간에 walkingmarchingploddingat, 당신은 그들에게 일몰을보고 이러한 leavesglisten.A 여자가 나에게 한 번 물었다 하나님의 은혜가 같았다. 나는 지금 그녀에게 말할 것이다, 그것은 겨울에 나뭇잎을 보유하는 나무, 구리로 나뭇잎을 반짝 빛입니다.

Laura de Jong

Laura de Jong serves as pastor of Second Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan.


  • Daniel J Meeter says:

    I love it, the tree holding on to its leaves, that graceful silver-smooth-barked tree. And so much more in this, while were are plodding.

  • mstair says:

    “it is the tree that holds its leaves in winter,
    and the light that shimmers
    those leaves as copper.”

    love the ending
    I have one those trees outside my sunroom window; I shall now watch it with a new perspective …
    change is coming…

  • Jan Zuidema says:

    Strange that I have always been drawn to those beech trees in the woods that refuse to give up their leaves. I’ve always wondered why they, stubbornly, don’t drop those leaves, while believing that it was a small winter gift – the bold yellow against the winter white – now I can add their tree knowledge that the new life of spring will finally force those leaves to fall, giving way to life-giving green. Beautifully written!

  • John R Sr Kleinheksel says:

    Are we like the leaves that refuse to drop off the life-giving Tree?
    Am I patient with myself (and others) who want to cling to the old nature, only giving way to the new when it is unavoidable?
    And the New Creation is coming. It has come. It will come. That’s the Reality I trust.
    Thank you Laura on your gift to us this morning.

  • Beverly VanderMolen says:

    I too have been so revived by the sun these days and the trees that teach us. Thank you and thank God the sun is out another day today!

  • Jim Payton says:

    This was delightful—thank you for one of the most uplifting assessments I have encountered of the struggles and unstated hopes we carry in these strange times. Yes, yes, yes …

  • Ron says:

    Thank you for expressing so well some of that things I experienced on yesterday’s hike. After nearly a mile of uphill hiking, I concluded that the beech trees were applauding an old man’s efforts.

    The sun on the snow of Sleeping Bear was a blessing that matched that of having just had my second vaccine. Thanks be to God for all of it.

  • Jane DeGroot says:

    Beautiful. In every direction. Thank you!

  • Carol Van Klompenburg says:

    Beautiful. Thank you.

  • Gary VanHouten says:

    It’s called marcescence. The tendency of some trees, especially young trees, to hang on to their leaves throughout the winter. Nobody knows exactly why. Studies show that browsers, like deer, tend to more readily eat the exposed young succulent buds of tree species that have shed their leaves in the fall. Makes sense. The retained leaves could be a survival trick to hide the buds from the deer.
    Anyway, I know I’ve always loved the young beeches in winter, so they’re a survival trick for me too.
    What a wonderful poem/meditation.

    • Daniel J Meeter says:

      And it’s characteristic of trees in the oak / beech family anyway, right? All the pin oaks in my yard still hold many of their dead leaves. Maples and locusts almost never.

  • Judie Zoerhof says:

    Thank you, Pastor Laura for putting my feelings in such a beautiful format, the restrained energy, the “Layer of thought we must travel through”. Amen Sister, Thank you!

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