A tree is never barren

Although it may shed its leaves,

Because the season that it enters

Is preparation for all to see.

As the leaves tumble to the ground

They’re still beautiful to behold,

With majestic colours that they contain

Namely, Sienna, Brown and Gold.

Although the twigs and branches

Are exposed for all to see,

They create a beautiful landscape

Since unique is every tree.

A tree is known by its fruit

And the succulence of same,

As it produces the quality from within

When in good soil it remains.

Our lives may appear barren

And our leaves are no longer there,

But it’s an open canvas for new beginnings

In God’s tender love and care.

The tree in the midst of Winter

Stands solid, tall and strong;

It waves its branches as it sways

With roots so deep and long.

But it begins to really flourish

When the season turns to Spring,

Along with every pure and tender bud

And hope that it does bring.

In the midst of Summer

It provides comfort and shade,

With a refreshing and delightful peace

When its cover does remain.

The winds of life may shake us

But when the roots are very deep,

No storm, or hail or hurricane

Our downfall it will seek.

But when the tree is bad

And its period of grace has expired,

It is cursed and good for nothing

And no longer to be admired.

But the tree that’s planted by the water

And is nourished and prolific too,

Will continue to produce good fruit

That is genuine and true.

(C) P.B. 2021

“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”  Psalm 1:3

“You will know them by their fruits…Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”  Matthew 7:16-17

“And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it.  When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.  In response Jesus said to it, ‘Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.’”  Mark 11:13-14

“Look at the fig tree and all the trees.  When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near.  So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near.”  Luke 21:29-31