The Unlikely Tree of Life – Our Speech

As a boy I planted a tree of life. The seedling I rescued out of the window well would be replanted and then transplanted into a new church yard. It would be a giver of life and stand as a symbol of life.
Nurtured and given life it would provide fresh air, a place for birds to sing, and provide squirrels their food. Under its shade is a place for rest, children’s play or a friendly chat. Drive by and you see its beauty gracing the skyline.

Prov. 15:4 Speech that heals is like a life-giving tree (NET Bible,

The tree is the emblem of life and growth. So Proverbs thoughtfully says that carefully seeded speech fosters life. Speech that heals, soothes, encourages, teaches … grows a resilient – magnificent tree of life.


About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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