A tree of interest, a Cedar

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colours. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well – developed, not deficient in any way.

James 1 : 2-4
The tree in the middle distance is  the tree that fascinates me.
Here the base of the cedar is in the foreground with Mansion House, Reading in the background. The house which was built in the  late 18th century by a German, John Engelbert Liebenrood, has probably been this ancient Cedars companion for all those years. In 1902 the house and Park was sold to Reading Council.  It is known as Prospect Park with the house used as a restaurant belonging to the    “Harvester Restaurant”   group.   The tree I presume has been protected by law but has been challenged by time and weather.

I want to share what I see, that makes me more aware of its size and wonder at its age.

The cedar’s bark is cracked  with closely spaced ridges. The blue and green growing on the cold side of its blackish brown trunk and smoother on the sheltered side.

Then go on to look up the trunk and see the  needled horizontal layers of its branches and its three trunks.  

This weathered and time enhanced tree allows me  to  imagine it’s roots being tested as it regrew a trunk, or two,  and supported branches  through many storms.  I affectionately applaude  the unseen roots which have my admiration.

This cedar stands!

A monument of endurance!

Sandy

The heart’s affections are divided like the branches of the cedar tree;  if the tree loses one strong branch;  it will suffer but not die;  it will pour all its vitality into the next branches so that it will grow and fill the empty space.

Anon

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