We learned last Friday that Dad's tree had been cut down by
the State Department. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the
news. So, we hopped in the car and headed down the highway
to see if the news was indeed true. Yes, it was true. For those of
you who may be new or fairly new readers, I told the story in a
past post how my elderly dad (now deceased) would always be
sure to say, each time we drove down the highway and passed by this tree,
how it was almost a perfect shape and how much he admired it. We began
to refer to this particular tree as "Dad's tree". It dawned on me one
day that he was making sure that he wasn't forgotten. That I would
think of him each time I saw the tree. Now, the tree is gone, cut
down for whatever reason. I thought it would stand forever. It
wasn't hollow as we could see the stump where the cut was
made. Another tree was cut down not far from this one. It was
easy to see that the tree had been hollow and it made sense that it
was cut down. But why Dad's tree? Why was it taken down?
* * * * * * * * * *
Just a few days ago, a senseless tragedy struck in Aurora, Co.
Many lives were lost and many more were wounded by a gunman
who opened fire in a movie theater. This tragedy has changed
so many lives forever. It has an effect on all of us. We wonder
how safe any of us are when we go out in public or even in our own homes.
This kind of tragedy makes us acutely aware of the
fact that our lives can be changed in an instant. It's said that nothing stays
the same forever. But there is One who is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Know that He is always with us, even in the midst of tragedy.
He will never leave us.
My thoughts and prayers are for the families of the victims of this shooting,
for the wounded and for the family of the shooter.
Until next time...