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Topic: Sad (07/26/07)
TITLE: Blue Spruce and Weeping Willow
By christine newman
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Weeping Willow did much weeping. She felt trapped in her long line-up of fellow-weeping willows at the downtown greenhouse. They were all just seedlings, waiting to be purchased and replanted on someone’s property. Oh, she longed for that freedom! She loved her friends and neighbors standing side by side, but how she felt captive in her spirit. Her strangled roots longed to embrace the substance of the cool, liberating earth. She wanted to feel alive and grow and discover her Heavenly Father for herself! She was sad and wondered if she’d ever be rescued from her suffocating surroundings.
Then, one day it happened. A gardener came to the greenhouse and picked up Weeping Willow and transplanted her in his yard... right near Blue Spruce... !!! Could it be? A friendship made in Heaven??? Two trees planted side by side... for life. They were both so excited.
It was a slow start, as they were each quite reserved. They came from two completely different backgrounds. Weeping Willow was a bit unsure of such a different location at first, but Blue Spruce went out of her way to make Weeping Willow feel welcome to this new home.
Gradually, they became very good friends. Blue Spruce was able to mentor Weeping Willow in her new environment, while Weeping Willow was able to entertain Blue Spruce on many a long, dull day.
Blue Spruce observed Weeping Willow as she grew into a tall, beautiful tree. Her willowy branches cascaded around her on every side and blew gently with the whispering winds. Children would come out and swing from her friendly vines or lay in her cool shade. She had her freedom and was so thankful for being rescued from her sad, constricting past.
Weeping Willow enjoyed watching Blue Spruce’s flawless stature and elegance. Her thin, beautiful layers of green and blue were a wonder to behold. When the winds blew, she was able to stand tall and sure. Her beauty and disposition remained steadfast with each change of season. All of nature was drawn to Blue Spruce for her love, warmth and nurturing. Birds loved to flutter and nest in her inviting arms.
Blue Spruce and Weeping Willow spent much time visiting about all of their sad days and memories before they became life-long friends in that backyard. They were no longer sad and alone now... through the summers and winters. They spent sunny days together... and stormy days together. They spent their days watching the fluttering birds and playful children. They spent their evenings looking up at the open, star-lit sky, thanking their Heavenly Father for hearing their sad cries long ago. They believed that in finding each other, they found their Heavenly Father in a closer way.
Special Note: This is a true story of a friendship that Jesus ordained. Two kindred hearts from two very different pasts, planted together to serve in the same vineyard.
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