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03/09/2011

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"But Only God"


"Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree
."

(Joyce Kilmer Mahwah NJ 1913)


I remember learning that poem in the fifth grade. Kilmer dedicated the poem to his mother-in-law, a poet in her own right. The lovely description of a tree is concluded by Kilmer's famous ending...."But only God can make a tree." I have been writing about soul healing the past two days and Kilmers's ending of Trees came to mind..."But only God can heal a soul." We are people in need of love....Love with no strings attached.... If we are fortunate enough to find someone in life that loves us like that, we are truly blessed. God loves us that way all the time. The Lord said this to the prophet Samuel; "God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart" (1 Sam 17:7). God not only loves us fully, but sees us as only He can. Only He can give us grace and see the potential in all of us. In speaking of love in the thirteenth chapter of First Corinthians, the apostle Paul says that "it keeps no record of wrongs." (V 5) God wants us to be that way because it is how He is. He accepts us, warts and all, and is able to really forgive our sins...COMPLETELY FORGIVE !!! As our wrongdoings are forgiven, our souls are cleansed and healed. We are now empowered to go on to greater heights as we attempt to become more God-like in our lives.."A tree that may in summer wear, a nest of robins in her hair." When God empowers us we will work on our inside more than our outside. Our "nest of robins" will be sharing His healing with others, letting them know that only God can heal a soul....

Have a wonderful day... Let His light shine in you.... Love mark Phil. 4:1

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