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Planting Trees--Hope and the Holy Spirit

by Bob Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

Jan and I are tree planters. We have planted trees just about everywhere we have lived. Weeping willows in southwestern Arkansas--all you had to do was stick a branch in the ground and it would sprout. Sweet gums in Tulsa; an orchard of apples and peaches, and evergreens galore on our ten acres in Michigan. Sycamores, Bradford pears, ornamental Japanese cherries, red and silver maples and more evergreens in Oklahoma; ornamentals in West Virginia; a bald cypress in Edmond. I am confident the list will continue.

Planting trees shouts hope for the future. One does not plant trees for self, one plants trees for future generations. In every case mentioned above, we have moved and left the trees for someone else, but that will not deter us. We will keep planting trees. A quote attributed to Martin Luther says, "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree."

The world needs hope. Paul wrote, "Hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit" (Romans 5:5).

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