Thursday, January 22, 2009


While vacationing in

California, we were

able to visit the

Sequoia trees near

Yosemite National Park.

One of the things that

impressed me most

was a cross-section

of a tree that had lived

for hundreds of years.

The rings of the tree

were clearly visible,

and some showed

up more than others.

One series of rings

was particularly dark.

It turned out that there

was a forest fire one

of those years,

and that the growth

of the tree was effected

for several growing seasons.

The growth of the tree

was hindered for those seasons

of trial by fire,

but relative to the tree’s

total picture of life,

it was only a

minor discoloration

on a sea of

normal and healthy growth rings.

damian gerke

in “the pastor’s story file”