Trees are fantastic teachers, especially during the cold winter season. Strong, sturdy and deeply rooted, their dark bare branches reach high toward the sky hoping to touch its beauty. They teach us to aim high in life while, at the same time, remaining deeply rooted in basic human values which add beauty and goodness to the universe. They hold their own and are relentless in reconnecting with whatever the ecosystem offers them while teaching us the meaning of community and interdependence. They allow the rain and the sun to contribute to their growth. They provide living spaces for our feathered and furry friends. Ask the squirrels and they will tell you of how trees prevent them from being homeless. Even the trees’ broken limbs lie intertwined under heavy blankets of snow so their rot can provide essential nutrients for our universe. Yes, let the trees teach us of community and interdependence.
By Kathy Rademacher, OSB