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FAMILY TREE HUGGERS
7/30/2020 11:17:00 AM by: Leona Choy

I'm not a literal “tree-hugger,” but I would hug my fellow “family tree trunkers,” if our COVID-19 situations allowed. I reference my poem Family Tree below. Through its metaphors and similes, I remind myself and many of the subscribers to this website of how blessed we actually are, if God has blessed us generously with longevity.

You and I are trunks of our family trees. It certainly isn't appropriate to moan and whine asking, “Why am I still here?” Think of what those are missing in generational relationships who finished their life race earlier.

In my case, my life has spanned 6 generations. I have friends who have even made it to 7, if they got an earlier start on marriage. I have been blessed to know some of my grandparents, knew my parents' generation well, my own generation best of all, and the generations of my children, my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren has been icing on the cake.

The above picture was taken 5 years ago with infant Myla when I was 90. Five more great-grandchildren have been added making it 14 in the great-grand level so far. “Indeed, may you see your children's children” (Psalm 128:6).

My fellow “trunkers,” we have our assignment displayed on God's billboard in Psalm 78: “Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline you ears to the words of my mouth...We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generations to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done...that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments.” What is it that we don’t understand about God’s expectations for us relating to the generations that follows us?

Age and distance and the restriction of “distancing” are not excuses but rather a challenge to creative and innovative ways of reaching our younger progeny who even speak a different “tech language.” Don't cut yourself short. Modern technology can be our friend—as aging canines (old dogs) we can still try to learn some new tricks. We can text and email, Facebook, Zoom, Skype, etc. “In old age they shall declare [in wondrous ways!]...that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him” (Psalm 92:14,15).

Most effective still is the old-fashioned way of prayer. As past generations invested their prayers in us, and they are being answered even now, so “praying forward” for our young lambs by name and situation is efficacious long after we have been called to our heavenly reward. Let's have at it, longevity friends!

FAMILY TREE

I am part of what has been

and what is yet to be.

Sandwiched in between is me:

I am the trunk of the family tree.

 

I have roots and also branches.

Generations from antiquity

pass through me.

They have determined

what I have become.

They are my history

which has made me what I am.

 

New branches spring from me;

they are my posterity.

I’ve had some choice in assisting

and inclining them toward the best

of what they might become.

Yet they are still free to grow and change

within the range of their heredity

and opportunity and God’s special plan

arranged from Eternity.

 

I pray for myself—the trunk between

—that I might be a planting

strong against the inevitable storms

yet bending with the wind if need be

passing on the best from roots unseen

but giving branches room to stretch

and reach upward to new heights

because I faithfully fulfilled

in my Family Tree

with the help of God

my true trunk destiny.

****

(Psalms of My Harvest by Leona Choy, p.40-41)

 

 

 


Comments

Heiko From The Netherlands At 8/1/2020 10:47:13 AM

AMEN Leona! We truly are blessed with each day given to us!! Love you in Christ!

Reply by: Leona Choy

I feel so rich in having you as a friend in Christ at a distance. I pray that all your needs are provided in these calendar-challenged years. I pray for your health, that you will not be anxious about the things that can't be "fixed" anymore. Find the Lord sufficient for your growing weakness. Rejoice in the Lord no matter what, as you are doing

Carol Ambrose LPC From Berkeley Springs At 7/31/2020 8:14:00 AM

So well said. Puts us and our role in true perspective.

Reply by: Leona Choy

Carol, I pray for the Lord to give you sound judgment in some decisions you may be facing as a result of all the Covid limitations. God has your back and is answering your prayers although you may not see His hand working on your behalf. Be patient. The due time will come.Meanwhile, keep your joy always.

Carol Ambrose LPC From Berkeley Springs At 7/31/2020 8:13:58 AM

So well said. Puts us and our role in true perspective.

Reply by: Leona Choy

I think this is a repeat. So I'll add a P.S. Be very grateful to the Lord that He did not answer one of your prayers or desires quickly--or at all--because what He has planned to happen that is better, you would have missed it. Thank God for closed doors as well as open doors.

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