Monday, July 11, 2011

From death comes life....

We have an old lilac bush -- one of my favorite flowering trees in the yard. It breathed it's last a year ago when the remaining blooms were clearly stunted of growth. When fall came, we talked about the need to cut that dead tree down. No value anymore. It can't produce life, that dead tree.

But, interesting... I can see it just outside my studio window. With the hot summer days, my window is open most of the time A racket drew my attention a few weeks ago. Glancing out to see what might be happening, I discovered some sweet little song birds vying to be first to build a nest in a little bird house still hanging from the branches of that dead old lilac.
Their song has accompanied my days since, as they happily raised their little family in that shelter from both heat and rain.
 Dead, but in death, bringing forth new life! And at the base of that tree, beauty!
I want to SEE life ... to choose to notice the beauty instead of the decay. There is enough dead and dying in the world, and the news carries it all. But, I choose to look today for life ... and thank the Giver of that life!


  1. My dad used to take us for walks through some of the parks near our home, and he would constantly show us death producing life - green sprouts from the base of a rotted tree, etc.
    It's good to see that message again!

  2. Great post - reflecting on death and new life Isn't it wonderful that with Jesus' death on the cross that it give life to us.

  3. Nice post. I'm glad you're keeping the tree. I remember when my son was a cub scout, I accompanied his troop on a tip to the nature center. I always remember the hiking guide pointing out a dead tree and saying to the boys "Dead means living". He explained how a dead tree helps living creatures.

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