Saturday, April 3, 2010

A Special Sunday in My City (and in yours)

I think Easter Eggs are dazzling.easter 6
The plastic ones. easter 1      The decorated ones.
The chocolate ones (especially the chocolate ones!)
I think Easter egg hunts are fun.easter 4
The racing.
The excitement.
The sheer joy of the children. easter 7
I think Easter baskets are enthralling.
Decorating.
Filling.
Anticipating.easter 5
All of those things are great parts of Easter.
Great for me.
Great for children.
Great for everyone.
easter I have to tell you today though.
that all of those wonderful things,
mean nothing
compared to what Easter is really about.easter 3
The Easter story
is astounding.
Read it.
Relish it.
Realize it.
Here is a story you might enjoy this Easter.
I know it is Easter in your city today.pink balloons
Treasure this day.
The Three Trees
Once upon a mountain top, three little trees stood and dreamed of what they wanted to become when they grew up.
The first little tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to hold treasure. I want to be covered with gold and filled with precious stones. I'll be the most beautiful treasure chest in the world!".
The second little tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. "I want to be traveling mighty waters and carrying powerful kings. I'll be the strongest ship in the world!".
The third little tree looked down into the valley below where busy men and women worked in a busy town. "I don't want to leave the mountain top at all. I want to grow so tall that when people stop to look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God. I will be the tallest tree in the world."
Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the little trees grew tall. One day three woodcutters climbed the mountain.
The first woodcutter looked at the first tree and said, "This tree is beautiful. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the first tree fell. "Now I shall be made into a beautiful chest, I shall hold wonderful treasure!", the first tree said.
The second woodcutter looked at the second tree and said, "This tree is strong. It is perfect for me." With a swoop of his shining axe, the second tree fell. "Now I shall sail mighty waters!" thought the second tree. "I shall be a strong ship for mighty kings!"
The third tree felt her heart sink when the last woodcutter looked her way. She stood straight and tall and pointed bravely to heaven. But the woodcutter never even looked up. "Any kind of tree will do for me" he muttered. With a swoop of his shining axe, the third tree fell.
The first tree rejoiced when the woodcutter brought her to a carpenter's shop. But the carpenter fashioned the tree into a feedbox for the animals. The once beautiful tree was not covered with gold, and not filled with treasure. She was coated with saw dust and filled with hay for hungry farm animals.
The second tree smiled when the woodcutter took her to a shipyard, but no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the once strong tree was hammered and sawed into a simple fishing boat. She was too small and too weak to sail to an ocean, or even a river, instead she was taken to a little lake.
The third tree was confused when the woodcutter cut her into strong beams and left her in a lumberyard. "What happened?" the once tall tree wondered. "All I ever wanted was to stay on the mountain top and point to God..."
Many many days and nights passed. The three trees nearly forgot their dreams.
But, one night, a golden starlight poured over the first tree as a young woman placed her newborn baby in the feedbox. "I wish I could make a cradle for him.", her husband whispered. The mother squeezed his hand and smiled as the starlight shone on the smooth and sturdy wood. "This manger is beautiful." she said. And suddenly the first tree knew he was holding the greatest treasure in the world.
One evening a tired traveler and his friends crowded into the old fishing boat. The traveler fell asleep as the second tree quietly sailed out into the lake. Soon a thundering and thrashing storm arose. The little tree shuddered. She knew that she did not have the strength to carry so many passengers safely through with the wind and the rain. The tired man awakened. He stood up, stretched out his hand, and said, "Peace." The storm stopped as quickly as it had begun. And suddenly the second tree knew he was carrying the King of heaven and earth.
One Friday morning, the third tree was startled when her beams were yanked from the forgotten woodpile. She flinched as she was carried through an angry jeering crowd. She shuddered when soldiers nailed a man's hands to her. She felt ugly and harsh and cruel.
But, on Sunday morning, when the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath her, the third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. It had made the third tree strong. And every time people thought of the third tree, they would think of God. That was better than being the tallest tree in the world.
Author: Unknown
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50 comments:

Ocean Girl said...

Special faces.

Mari said...

Great story! I love all those faces too. Happy Easter to all of you!
PS- Did Kaishon get sick of the braids?

Krystyn said...

You are very right. The reason for Easter is way better than any of the other stuff...but the other stuff sure is fun, too;)

SamiJoe said...

wow thanks for that!
beautiful pictures and story!

happy sunday!

Baby Favorite said...

Beautiful.

Happy Easter!

Kristina P. said...

I don't have any Easter candy! Sob.

Love this post!

Skeller said...

Most blessed of Easters to you and your family, Becky!!

Becca said...

I love this! Happy Easter my friend :-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

That tree story is astounding. Amazing. Wowza.
Happy Easter my friend...for all the meanings that this day holds.
xoxox
Suz

Yelena R. said...

Beautiful story...beautiful photos!

Emmy said...

Wonderful wonderful post. Yes, the eggs and hunts are all so fun, but there is one true meaning of Easter.

Aimee @ Ain't Yo Mama's Blog said...

Beautiful! I love the pics.

Happy Easter!

-Aimee

photowannabe said...

Beautiful touching story and the eggs are exciting but the real meaning of Easter is much more so.
Thanks for praying for Hubby and myself. Its so appreciated. Tonight (Sat.) we went to 1 of the 8 services for Easter. It was Dave's first time out since his fall. He did pretty good but is totally exhausted after doing nothing for the last two weeks.
Tomorrow we will have 11 here for dinner with family and friends. It should be fun for everyone.
Happy easter to you and yours too Becky.
Sue

katherine said...

Beautiful! And beautiful pictures! Thank-you so much for your kind words on my blog, means a lot to me, hopefully you continue to visit.

Happy easter to your family :)

K xx

Trudy said...

Great 'hunting' pictures! I love the tree story too, beautiful.

Have a blessed Easter Rebeckah!

Mad Woman said...

What a great story! I just emailed it to my pastors.

Happy Easter!

Serline said...

I wish I could join you all! Have fun!

Abraham said...

Happy Easter to you and your family.

Matty said...

What a nice story. The reason for the season sometimes gets lost in the commercial part of the day. Looks like Kaishon and the kids had a good time.

sema said...

Beautiful images and a beautiful story!

Happy Easter to you and your family.

sema

Frau said...

Happy Easter! I hope you and your family have a wonderful day!

Little Mochi said...

Lovely! Happy Easter

Sonya said...

Love the story and the photos:) Happy Easter!

brainella said...

You have such an eye for faces. I love seeing these photos. And the three trees -- that is one of my favorite stories.

Happy Easter.

Lee Ann said...

Thankyou for sharing that beautiful story and the delighted little faces xxx

UtahJenny said...

So beautiful ... all around (and I especially LOVE the look in his eyes in the first photo). Anyhow, hope you have a wonderful day - thanks for all you shared!

Alex said...

The tree story gave me the chills. Thank you for sharing.
The story of Easter is astounding.

Aunt LoLo said...

Such a beautiful story...

And I love those pictures of the Easter egg hunt! That orange hood stretched around that mass of curly black hair just cracks me up! *grin*

Joanna Jenkins said...

What a joyful post! You are always my first stop for Sundays In My City. It's like a breath of fresh air.

Your pics are gorgeous, as always and those faces-- Oh those faces, I could look at them all day long :-)))

Happy Easter,
xo

Jason, as himself said...

I LOVE that photo of the jelly beans!

Muthering Heights said...

Yes, yes, yes!!!

Beautiful post. :) I hope you and your family are having a wonderful time celebrating Jesus today!! :)

MsBabyPlan said...

I love the photos, especially the pink flying baloons, they express freedom to me.

Unknown Mami said...

Happy Easter!

I love Kaishon's hair.

When did I become my Mom said...

Happy Easter. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story.

Jane said...

I love the pictures and the story. Makes me remember how special Easter was when I was a little kid.

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I'm also in social services (the crisis unit for our county mental health agency). And Bridge to Terabithia is one of my absolute favorite books too! It's a really small internet world!

Prairiemaid said...

I always enjoy your pictures, they are always beautiful! Of them all, and I love the kids' faces, but the hands with the chipped polish and the jelly beans! I think it reminds me of one of the grandchickies!!

Beautiful story also! Lessons to be learned.

Blessings,
Cheryl

Karen Deborah said...

Beautiful pictures! I did pics of our egg hunt too! And I entered your contest along with a ton of folks! Your having a great time!

jlo said...

Don't you just love the colors of spring? Looks like you all had a wonderful day!

Christa Terry said...

Beautiful pics! I'm so looking forward to the day when Paloma's hunting Easter eggs in the sunshine!

Alysha (Supermom) said...

Happy Easter to you and yours! Hope you all had a wonderful day! xoxo

Grandma J said...

Happy Easter, even if I'm a tad late. I love your photos and the joy in the faces as they scramble for their eggs. Your tree story is inspirational and spiritual.

Erin said...

Love the story and the Egg hunt looked eggsactly like ours!

Happy Easter!!!

Erin said...

Love the story and the Egg hunt looked eggsactly like ours!

Happy Easter!!!

Theresa said...

Happy Easter to you and yours.

Shelle said...

Gosh I wish we had easter egg hunts when we were young...they don't do that in Oz. Love those pink balloons, reminds me of cotton candy (fairy floss in ozzie).

Looks like you had a fun day by the smiles....I have to come back and read your little story tomorrow, my eyes are just too tired now:)

He & Me + 3 said...

super cute. What a fun time for everyone. we love egg hunts. So fun!

He Who Laughs Last said...

Absolutely love this post and adore the photos! You have a true talent!

richies said...

Looks like you had a great Easter.

An Arkies Musings

Lula Lola said...

Your son has the prettiest eyes! Wow! I love that last photo! Beautiful!
And that story is one of my favorites! So meaningful! Thanks for being so much fun to read!

Mighty M said...

What a wonderful story! Thanks so much for sharing it.