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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Scrawny Cedar Tree

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Tuesday's Grand Connection Thought

A few years ago high winds caused a huge Hackberry Tree on the side of our house to split right down the middle. After the wood was hauled away, a scrawny Cedar Tree remained. It actually looked like half of a small Cedar Tree because half of it had been pressed against the Hackberry, which stunted its growth.

I wanted to cut down the struggling tree because it looked so pitiful, but Pops assured me that it would fill out over time. Sure enough, his prediction has proven true. The Cedar has now almost completely filled out. What once was bare now has new life.

Pops and I refer to the cedar as our “restoration tree." It’s a reminder that God makes all things new. In fact, restoration is at the heart of the gospel and is the message of Jesus Christ at Christmas (1 Timothy 1:15).

Your family may know the heartache of divorce. You may be separated from your grandchildren or other loved ones during the Christmas holidays. Or, you may have lost a family member this year and now feel their absence so deeply. I know it’s hard and hope that you will find comfort in Isaiah 43:19:

“Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.”

Nothing is impossible with God. He is in the business of making all things new. If we look to Him when walking through our wilderness, we will find refreshing springs, hope, and the promise of a better tomorrow.

Hope:  the message of Jesus Christ. The message of Christmas! (Luke 2:10-12)

He is able,

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Anonymous said...

I love this story. Am sending it to someone who made the choice to join the Service after a hard life. It will encourage him to remember all things change and can grow into a better place.

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Thanks for leaving a comment "Anonymous." The older I get the more I realize that God can work in even the most difficult situation for great good. I love the story of Joseph in Genesis. You may remember that his own brothers sold him as a slave.

Genesis 50:19-21 (New American Standard Bible)says:

"But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?

"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive."

To me, that's so encouraging!

Anonymous said...

I love this story. Blessings, Rita

Anonymous said...

How true. I have suffered two losses in the past months and today I have a renewed friendship with a relative who once would have nothing to do with me.