Friday, November 15, 2013

Once Upon a Giving Tree

Once upon a time, there was a great poet named Shel Silverstein. He taught me I could love poetry.

And with that came my own poems, circa 1992. Some of my very first writing.  Always included a rhyme. I found these poems years later, laminated. I didn't put my writing on computers as a child. They were laminated. Laminating was big back then. This is a dying art.

I bought his books of poetry; they were a prized possession. I would act them out sometimes. I had his book The Giving Tree. It was one of my favorites. I loved the drawings. And that tree! That tree was pretty amazing. How could it be so giving, so gracious, even when the boy seemed to mistreat it?

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Once upon a time there was a writer named Brennan Manning. He taught about grace and forgiveness and made trust sound so simple. He told stories of God's love in his books.

I read this article. I love it because I love Brennan Manning and The Giving Tree.

I essentially ask the same question: how can He be so giving, so gracious, even when we mistreat Him? Even when trust doesn't come simply, when we fail to deep trust? 

I like learning that Brennan asked questions, too. That there were times of wrestling as he walked through life with God. I like that Shel gave Brennan a copy of The Giving Tree to help illustrate this seemingly unnatural kind of love.

I admit this begs me to be honest about the places I ask is your grace really true and to remember that I know it is true, to see Love for what -- and who -- it truly is.

"One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" John 9:25

linking with five minute friday and imperfect prose

12 comments:

  1. Hi Julie,
    Linking up from over at FMF. I like the tie-in between the generosity of the Giving Tree and of Christ who gave so much. What a beautiful analogy!! Also love the ending quote . . . how true that there may be many things we do not know, but we know the reality of what He has done in our lives . . . even in the midst of the struggles. Thanks for sharing and blessings as you write!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading, Darlene! And I love your words -- we can know what he's done in our lives by remembering his faithfulness even if we're in the midst of struggles or pain. Thanks for this reminder!

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  2. Oh 2 of my favorite authors: Shel and Brennan. Thank you for this reminder of grace and true beauty.

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    1. Me too! They are some of my favorites. It's great to meet you, Amy.

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  3. Hi Julie,
    Two wise people...I so appreciate how Brennan points us to Abba Father God's love...blessings to you as write your poetry :)

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    1. Thanks Dolly! It's great to hear from you.

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  4. I have always loved poetry - beautiful analogy here.

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    1. Thanks, Mindy! Poetry speaks to me in a way other writing often doesn't. Hope you have a great week.

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  5. I love that connection! I never thought of it before. Brennan Manning was the Giving Tree in so many ways. Beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Lisa. I know, it really hit me to think of some concepts that can often be difficult for me to grasp in this way. Thanks for reading!

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