Lessons from a live oak

Editor's Note: The following was written in support of Church Alive, a new focus of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, that explores the meaning and possibilities of awakening to the spiritual basis and impact of Church—to Love's rich harvest awaiting our communities and the world. For more information, visit www.christianscience.com/churchalive.

...they will find shelter in the shade of its branches" (Ezek. 17:23, New International Version).

Since moving to Florida this summer, I've gained a whole new appreciation for the shade and protection trees give! As I go for walks, I scout out routes with lots of trees in order to stay cool and protected from the sun. Recently I rested for a while under the shade of a live oak in a community park. What a magnificent tree! It has a huge sturdy trunk with Spanish moss hanging from the welcoming arms of its long outstretched branches. According to one website, the live oak can provide up to 150 feet of shade.

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