Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Trees and the Forest

I enjoy being a volunteer Trail Ranger at Jefferson Memorial forest just south of Louisville.  In the fall the colors range from a pale yellow, to orange and even deep red. The dark green of the conifers really stand out in the fall. Now in the spring the new leaves of the deciduous trees are sprouting in a great variety of greens. Alone each of the trees have their own beauty but taken together they are awesome to behold.
I find that people are like that as well. Each one of us is different in appearance, color, language, ideas, abilities and religions. We come in two distinct genders but with a small percentage who are confused as to which they belong, nature giving them one shape and desire giving them the other. It is life in all its grandeur and our great differences like the forest also creates a beauty of its own.
In the Christian faith we can embrace the differences as a gift from God to be enjoyed and respected. God made us different for a reason; it would be a dull world if we were all exactly alike. In the church, as the Body of Christ, each of us has a unique part to play and together we make up the whole. When we use the unique talents God has given us, and we work together, the whole is complete and beautiful like the trees of the forest. Embrace the diversity as part of God’s plan for creation.
ArmsENJOY the day!

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