The Gift…

…and the Giving Tree gives once more.

I guess I’ve read this story 10 times.  And with each read my soul is shaken again.

“Once there was a tree…and she loved the little boy.”  And the tree gave all she had for him.

With this read, I focused on His sacrifice,  as Christ emptied Himself for me.

Jesus chose the giving tree, and fashioned it into a cross. And He cried. And was cruxified.

How is it that we spend most of our faith journey”doing” things for the sake of Christianity?  As if we were somehow apart of nothing more than a service club?

As Manning put it “Is the kingdom that He proclaimed to be nothing more than a community of men and women who go to church on Sunday, take an annual spiritual retreat, read their Bibles every now and then, oppose abortion, don’t watch x-rated movies, never curse, smile a lot, hold doors open for people, root for the favorite team, and get along with everybody?”

Is that what Jesus meant for us to do when He lived and died the mightiest act of love ever to arise from a human soul? Really? To make you and me nicer, with admirable morals?


Jesus went through the bleak and bloody horror of Calvary to “create a community of prophets and professional lovers, men and women who would surrender to the mystery of the fire of the Holy Spirit that burns within, who would live in the ever greater fidelity of the omnipresent Word of God, who would enter into the center of it all, the very heart and mystery of Christ, into the center of the flame that consumes, purifies, and sets everything aglow with peace, joy, boldness, and extravagant, furious love.”

This is what it means to be a Christ follower….never beginning with what we do for God, but what He has already done for us.

“…The boy obliged and the tree was happy.”


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jerry on November 25, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Love it ! Great qoute from Manning

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