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The Tragedy of the Apple Tree
by george elerick
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“Tragedy, then, is an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude; in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play; in the form of action, not of narrative; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its katharsis of such emotions. . . ." -- Aristotle

She just dropped her head in silent resignation, the tears begin to fall and soil the ground beneath her feet. She felt it, the calling, except this calling was a different kind, it was the one that called her to give up on herself, and to give up on him, and her faith. Yet, somehow she found the courage and the strength to walk another mile, because 'Home' was just around the bend...

Have you ever felt like you just couldn't go on. That if one more tragic event or experience of loss occurred again that the proverbial towel would be thrown in?? I think if we are all honest, some time or another we have or will experience tragedy in its complete unregrettful form. But we must not deny its existence, for when we do so, we create the most tragic event ever experienced. We must in some sort of attempt befriend tragedy's existence, I did not say befriend tragedy mind you. I am simply stating that we acknowledge that Tragedy has been here before us and will continue on after us. Tragedy has been here since the Apple Tree...we cannot fight it, we must learn to accept the intrinsic reality that wherever we go, Tragedy will find its way into our lives, but it is how we choose to accept and deal with it that will determine how much of the "abundant life" (John 10:10) we truly experience. Jonathan Edwards, one of the great church fathers and part of the event known as the "Great Awakening" said this:

"A traveler is not wont to rest in what he meets with, however comfortable and pleasing, on the road. If he passes through pleasant places, flowery meadows, or shady groves, he does not take up his content in these things, but only takes a transient view of them as he goes along. He is not enticed by fine appearances to put off the thought of proceeding. No, but his journey’s end is in his mind. If he meets with comfortable accommodations at an inn, he entertains no thoughts of settling there. He considers that these things are not his own, that he is but a stranger, and when he has refreshed himself, or tarried for a night, he is for going forward. And it is pleasant to him to think that so much of the way is gone. "

We must repeatedly recall our home. We are strangers, mere pilgrims who are passing through. We are visitors from another dimension so to speak. We must not be so focused on our pain or even our laughter so much that we forget that we are ambassadors who are on the way back home. We don't belong here, this is not the place we come to finally rest our head. I am akin to this type of thinking for I have traveled much and have built a family of my own, each of you all are my brother and sister and so on, just as Christ himself said so, we must learn to say the same. We must remember that there is no room at the inn, for we are transients who are not looking to stay, but have our home in mind and that path that leads there that will take us home. And on this path is tragedy, as well as happiness, but we must learn to cohabitate with them on this journey, if we run, we choose to run from what we can learn from. And live the life of a mental recluse. We must remember in this all that home is just around the bend...and as many times as we need to recite this to ourselves until we are home, we must be content to do so. There is so much more I could say and yet I think we should the rest with our actions. We must live on in God's Light, let him light the path back home. Let's not try to fabrciate our own kinds of light or look elsewhere. For we are heaven's road and we are almost home...
Hang in there... I leave this newsletter with some lyrics from a song, let them soak in...and make it your anthem!!!!

This time all I want is you
There is no one else
Who can take your place
This time you burned me with your eyes
You see past all the lies
You take it all away

I've seen it all
And it's never enough
It keeps leaving me needing you

Take me away
Take me away
I've got nothing left to say
Just take me away

I try to make my way to you
But still I feel so lost
I don't know what else I can do

I've seen it all
And it's never enough
It keeps leaving me needing you

Take me away
Take me away
I've got nothing left to say
Just take me away

Don't give up on me yet
Don't forget who I am
I know I'm not there yet
But don't let me stay here alone

This time all I want is you
There is no one else
Who can take your place
I've seen enough
And it's never enough
It keeps me leaving me needing you

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