Friday, October 26, 2007


A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark

But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?

The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway

But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me

Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger than I ever knew

Johnny Ray Ryder Jr

This morning I looked out, noticing once again how beautiful our scenery is when the sun shines it's warm rays on the colorful autumn leaves.
A view of Cheam with it's fresh snow and of course our lovely Oak tree in our front yard has a strong story of faith and roots. Many times I have been reminded of the heritage that my parents have left us. Yes, it's strong in commitment to one partner, strong in your commitment to faith, strong in your commitment to work, strong in your commitment to support family and strong in your commitment to be involved in others lives.

An oak tree never looses it's leaves till the early spring when it's ready to produce new buds, hence I leave my bedroom window open in the winter just to hear those leaves rustle back and forth. The rest of our trees will shortly be barren of the fall leaves, but the oak is one strong sturdy tree that reminds us of it's strength, perseverance and endurance.

Where do you find your strength and support?


  1. Marg, I also enjoy our oak tree, every year it just gets sturdier and more beautiful. I love your view and your heritage is a blessing.

  2. Just wandered in from Judy's Front Porch. I am checking there often just in case she tags base. Ha!

    And I see that you are off on a journey, too. Have a wonderful time!

    I live in the shadow of a stand of oak trees so I love that poem! I had never heard it before until reading it here at your blog. My strength is waning a bit, but I know that He is strong enough to sustain me.


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