Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Withering Aspens And The Pursuit Of Peace

There is a creeping death among the Aspen trees of our nation's high country. At first, no one noticed the withered tops of a few trees, but the malady spread and increased, and scientists and naturalists finally became alarmed as large tracts of the glorious trees were found withering and dying. No one is yet sure of the cause, but sections of golden forest are now ashen with the corpses of trees that look like giant skeletons propped up along the mountainsides.

"Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord; looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;" Hebrews 12:14-15

Some of us who are alive to glorify God have allowed resentment to creep into our lives. Our words and even our countenances once glorified our Savior like the golden leaves of the Aspen. We failed to notice the withering of our branches as we held on to the first resentment. We justified the wounds of our egos, the slights to our preferences. We whispered our complaints to the lives around us, and many of them joined our cause, withering away with us. One day we found ourselves on the hillside, not alone, but surrounded by the skeletonized remains of those we had infected. As we looked across the valley at the other side, we saw what we had once been; glorious lives glorifying a glorious King. Our hearts broke and we repented and leaves sprung out on our branches again, but not all followed this time. And now, as we look around us, we see the remains of once glorious lives, ashen corpses, and our hearts break with the words of God, "... lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled."


Garrett Starr said...


Ahhhhhhhhhhh . . . all better now.

Cyle Clayton said...

I'm telling you, just load up the family from CA and head this way. Kim N, across the street, is out of town and has given us their house to use for guests.