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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Trees (12/05/05)

TITLE: A Distant Hill
By Jesus Puppy


A Distant Hill

I love the coast for its many wonders, and the great redwood trees that grow in the area are an awesome sight to see. I could walk for hours sometimes through the old woods, thinking how they may have been planted there by God's own hand, they seemed that old. Vast and majestic, reaching as it were to the very heavens, their branches bowed low as if weeping from age.

Once while riding a old country road along through the trees, the land opened up before me, as the trees had been cut for needed lumber. The fields about me were so bare, except for the remains of the large stumps they would burn out or plant seedlings around. But at that time it was open, and seemed such a waste.

Off in the distance I could see a small stand of trees they had left, sitting on a small bluff over looking the ocean. From where I stopped along the road, all I could see of the group were three tall trees, standing on that little hill. In my mind, I was shaken at the sight of the fields, but then I saw those trees. I remembered three other trees on a hill long ago and far away, and tears slowly came to my eyes.

Has man come to such in life, our fields laid waste from our own cutting down of opportunity? Seeking to gain better things in return, yet all the while, destroying what we love most. Be careful in cutting back the things in your life. Be sure, when all is cut away, that there yet remains those old trees on a hill.

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Brandi Roberts12/12/05
Is this the "infamous" underliner? ;) If not, excuse me. LOL This is beautiful! I really enjoyed this! Thanks for sharing!
Jesus Puppy 12/12/05
Marilyn Schnepp 12/12/05
Ditto! With a double Wow! Great! (Only bloop was you needed an "an" instead of an "a")... Just Beautiful! AND very well written! Kudos
Jan Ackerson 12/14/05
Very interesting--I've been encouraging lots of poets to make their poems into essays---but this essay begs to be a poem. It's just beautiful. Great job!
Amy Michelle Wiley 12/16/05
I liked the tone of this--very conversational. I felt like I was sitting down listening to you tell a story. I enjoyed it!
Cassie Memmer12/16/05
This is beautiful! May we always remember those trees on that hill long ago when everything around us seems barren. Yes, yes. make it a poem! Wonderful!
Jeffrey Snell12/16/05
Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this one...God is so amazing! He can use the most seemingly incidental events to cause us to give glory to Jesus!
Sandra Petersen 12/16/05
I've never seen the redwoods, but you made me wish I could with your opening paragraph. I live in an area that once was miles and miles of dense white pine stands. One of those stands has been preserved like the three trees you saw so that we can get a feel for what once was, but is no more.
Now look what you did! I'm waxing eloquent!
Anyway, your final paragraph really got me! And I will take care! Bless you!
Shari Armstrong 12/17/05
A powerful lesson -well done.
Kenny Blade12/17/05
Good stuff... I like the fact that as I read this, I can hear a song, feel a poem and clearly envision a pastor using this message in worship. I really enjoyed this.
Pat Guy 12/18/05
A beautiful and gentle reminder - one we should always keep before us. Good musings!
Linda Watson Owen12/18/05
Beautifully said, pup! Straight from the heart and lyrically lovely.
Kris St. James12/19/05
great article, pup! I really enjoyed reading this! i want to see the redwoods someday.