Today’s first reading from the Book of Hosea (14:2-10) sent me to my photo archives for images of trees that I love. I find that trees have a special way of “revealing God’s glory.”
I will heal their defection, says the Lord, / I will love them freely; / for my wrath is turned away from them. / I will be like the dew for Israel: / he shall blossom like the lily; / He shall strike root like the Lebanon cedar, / and put forth his shoots. / His splendor shall be like the olive tree / and his fragrance like the Lebanon cedar. / Again they shall dwell in his shade / and raise grain; / They shall blossom like the vine, / and his fame shall be like the wine of Lebanon. Ephraim! What more has he to do with idols? / I have humbled him, but I will prosper him. / “I am like a verdant cypress tree”— / Because of me you bear fruit!
Many of my favorite trees grow in Florida; others I found in Israel and Australia. Florida favorites include: banyans, bamboos, poincianas, and live oak with Spanish moss. The other two favorites are cypress and eucalyptus trees.
Q. Where do you see God’s glory in the world around you?