|The Trees of Advent is our theme for this beloved season, representing Hope, Joy, Peace and Love.|
Trees have had a special place in Scripture:
Job 14:7 notes: ‘For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.’
Isaiah 11:1 says: ‘A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of his roots’ which is interpreted as representing Jesus’ family lineage.’
Ultimately, Rev. 22:2 speaks of peace: ‘In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve fruits, yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.’
In reflecting on trees, we recommend The Hidden Life of Trees What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Whohlleben. Themes of friendship, community, protection, biodiversity and light resonate beautifully with the expectancy of advent. In ‘Notes from a Forest Scientist’ from British Columbia at the end of the book, she says that “We have learned that mother trees recognize and talk with their kin, shaping future generations. In addition, injured trees pass their legacies on to their neighbors, affecting gene regulation, defense chemistry and resilience in the forest community. These discoveries have transformed our understanding of trees as competitive crusaders of the self to members of a connected, relating, communicating system."
So as you journey through Advent, consider the life of trees as you design your own paths. — Emily Hitchens