Bowing branches   4 comments

Low hanging branches

bare and dark, as if bowing in reverence, pray,

Even trees raise not their limbs

to the sky, but like

hearts heavy, weary and drained,

beseech the Lord, and ask, “Why”?


I walk this trail a lot. On this particular day I noticed the drooping branches, bare and void, looking as if little if any life remained in the tree. But, I know this is a well maintained and popular walking trail at one of our busiest campground sites, so knew that come spring it would no doubt be again budding with leaves and new growth, if it remains rooted and connected with the source which gives it life.

It was the day after the Texas church massacre, and my thoughts and prayers were focused on the victims and families of those, and those killed or surviving other attacks in New York, Las Vegas and elsewhere.  We all have questions; why, how does this thing happen, and so frequently anymore. There are no answers, no easy solutions. We cannot be guaranteed we will have a tomorrow, but we can be guaranteed that we are ready to die if we don’t see tomorrow. God assures us of that. It is His promise to us that with new life in Him we have hope, and that hope assures us we will know Him and see Him.

Psalms 42:5 (NIV) says, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.”

In Matthew 5:4 (NIV) Jesus spoke to the throngs of people on the mountain in a message known as the beatitudes. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”


Joyce E. Johnson (2017)




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  1. Oh Joyce, I also ask my God why in so many issues here. Sometimes my despair is so complete. But the created the universe, all the people in it. He is the beginner and finisher, so what can we do but keep on trusting in him. 🙂

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    • I am presently going through a bible study book and guide with Joyce Meyer ministries and love her teaching, books and ministry, as I gain so much and grow through this. Right now, I am going through her latest book, “Unshakable Trust.” It is awesome and just what I needed through all these last six months with my husband’s mental illness and two suicide attempts on his life, which I have written about on my blog site. It is with this kind of unshakable trust that is what kept me from falling apart through it all. When so much other and so many others cannot be trusted in our lives, all we need is the Lord and our trust in him becomes that kind of trust. Blessings to you, Celestine. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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