The Church as a Mighty Tree

Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32

I saw a huge tree; it was very old and gnarled.  Moss was growing on its trunk and hanging from its branches.  I could see the scars and burn marks from various attacks over the years.  Some parts of the tree looked dead and dry.  Bugs and diseases were attacking different parts of the tree.  As I looked away from the old growth of the tree toward the tips of the branches, there were areas of vibrant new growth.  These branches were covered with large beautiful fruit.

The roots system is at least as large as the tree above it. These roots collect water and nutrients and send them to the leaves and fruit through the trunk and branches.  Inside the tree a river is flowing up from the roots to the ends of the branches. Although the bark is hard and rough and dry, it covers and protects the life of the tree which is that river.

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