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Under Woods

September 17, 2021

Sheila Vamplin


For the oh-so-alive and life-sheltering trees, I praise You, God.

            May their roots be mine, grounded in the humility of earth.

For the green, green, life-exploding leaves, I praise You, God.

            May the shade and beauty of my life comfort others.

For the rough, strong, never straight but crooked trunks, I praise You, God.

            May their strength be mine, weathering storms, not seeking straight lines.

For the out-shooting, light-seeking branches, I praise You, God.

            May I like them reach up to Your glory and out to the world.

For the woods, the underwood, and all that is over the woods, I thank You, God.

            May I be who You made me to be and no one else.

The featured image is courtesy of Lancia E. Smith and is used here with her glad permission for Cultivating.


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  1. Judy Kimmel says:

    Lovely, Sheila! And nice refence to the “underwoods”.

  2. Sheila,
    Of all the aspects of creation, I think I have learned the most from trees. They have scared me, comforted me instructed me and revealed truths to me about the eternal.
    I totally relate and agree with the messages of this piece!
    Thank you,

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