Letter from a Holey Tree

“Comfort, comfort my people,”     says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone     and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over     for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-2, NLT) I will bring comfort to your children. They frolic on the land about me and rest in my…

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The Beech Tree

The giggling girl and boy crept up to me as quietly as their childish mannerisms would allow, glancing all about to ensure that the deed they were about to commit in broad daylight would remain unseen. Then they carved their initials in me, a secret sign of their affections, commemorated forever a yard above my…

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