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Topic: Adulthood (07/30/09)
TITLE: "A Journey with an Old Friend"
By Karen Frantz
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Ms. Maggie stared out her bedroom window at a huge, strong, mighty oak tree. The branches that sprawled across the blue sky were home for many a bird and squirrel.
Ms. Maggie began to reflect on the past, when that oak was but a sapling, scrawny and frail looking. However, through the years of her life, she grew older and a bit wiser. The oak also grew older and stronger.
That frail, scrawny sapling was planted at the very beginning of her adulthood years.
There were many a time that Ms. Maggie thought that scrawny little tree would not make it.
Through her middle adulthood years, she and her family enjoyed the shade that the tall oak provided. Ms. Maggie’s husband, John had hung a hand-made swing from one of the branches of the oak for their children to enjoy. Now, their grand children enjoyed that swing. On pretty days, Ms. Maggie would pack a picnic lunch and the family would enjoy eating under the sprawling branches of the oak tree.
As Ms. Maggie sat at her window, a cool breeze lifted the green leaves, making a rustling sound as if they were trying to communicate with an old friend. She listened with delight at the birds singing and watched the little grey squirrels scampering from branch to branch.
Now, in her latter adulthood years, Ms. Maggie enjoyed all that the mighty oak offered. As she sat listening to the sounds that drifted in the window from the oak, Ms. Maggie whispered:
“My old friend, we have travelled through the adulthood years together. Some times were pleasant and full of joy. Some were unpleasant and laced with sorrow, but we survived the storms together. I thank the good Lord for the pleasant memories. I thank Him also for the strength that took us through the unpleasant times. Stand strong and give Him the glory. Lift your branches in praise to the Maker of all creation.”
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