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To the leaf who fell before his time –

I wrote this poem during class one day, after I had passed a cluster of green-leafed trees that were being de-leafed because of a fierce autumn wind.
With a fear of heights this leaf does live, But connected to a tree, He grows strength from her perspective. This knowledge makes him free.
He takes delight in his bright green color And in the fresh look of his face. His comfort grows much fuller As he becomes familiar in this place.
He feels the strong heat of the sun, And the warm glow of the moon. He makes memories on his branch, He listens to the bluebird’s tune.
But unexpectedly, one windy night, As he is sleeping in sweet peace, He is awakened with a rustling fright. He must surrender to the breeze.
As he tumbles down from the tree so tall With terror in his mind, His heart is surprised that his fall Is met by a pile of leaves so kind.
He has reached his new destination, Though he is lowest to the ground, He is on a firmer foundation. True stability has he found.
For, he’s learning that his steadiness Come…

Imago Dei.

"The term imago Dei refers most fundamentally to two things: first, God's own self-actualization through humankind; and second, God's care for humankind. To say that humans are in the image of God is to recognize the special qualities of human nature which allow God to be made manifest in humans. In other words, for humans to have the conscious recognition of their being in the image of God means that they are the creature through whom God's plans and purposes can be made known and actualized; humans, in this way, can be seen as co-creators with God. The moral implications of the doctrine of imago Dei are apparent in the fact that if humans are to love God, then humans must love other humans, as each is an expression of God."  (Imago Dei–Image of God)


Bearing His image.
We, image bearers of the Divine, Called to live cruciform lives With open arms, with open hearts Without guard, without defense With fullest vulnerability.
Knowing that One sacrificed Himself
With fullest…