Parish Magazine Letter September 2018

Magazine Letter – September 2018

The Letter


I love them! We are indeed blessed to have so many beautiful trees in our neighbourhood. They are one of the great gifts of nature, and a great friend of mankind. You can rest under the cool shade of a tree, enjoying relief from a scorching sun. But it will also provide some shelter from torrential rain. The great forests bring clouds and often cause rainfall; they release oxygen into the air and prevent soil erosion. Many have a medicinal value. They are the natural habitat of many animals, birds and reptiles. They provide air and beauty for all to enjoy.

Recently I was able to do a short walk through one of the great forests that stretch across northern Germany, and on to, and through Russia, as far as Mongolia. It was one of our very hot days, and a joy to be walking under the canopy that the trees provided. A group of little white butterflies were darting around the path in front of me, like little fairies or angels. I was reminded how trees have many similarities to our vision of God. They are big, offering security, peace and calm. Trees are the biggest plants on earth, and often beyond our understanding. Like God, they offer many gifts to people. They are strong and dependable throughout their lifetime.

Trees are often ignored, or taken for granted. But, as with God, they can also be sought after and loved.

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.

A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;

A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;

Upon whose bosom snow has lain:
Who intimately lives with rain.

Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.

Joyce Kilmer.