"Pine Tree Crosses"
(Author Unknown)

3-31-2005 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #333
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

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Story of the Week
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Pine Tree Crosses
(Author Unknown)

Last April, on a Sunday, we took one of our "nowhere" drives. My husband was quietly driving a back toad. I was occupied in the front passenger seat watching the scenery.

I noticed out of the corner of my eye that my husband was straining to look out the driver's side window. This startled me, since his eyes should have been on the road in front of him. I asked him what he was looking at out the window, and he quietly replied, "Nothing." His eyes went back to the road in front of him.

After a few minutes, I looked over at my husband and noticed a tear running down his cheek. I asked him what was wrong. This time he told me, "I was just thinking about Pop and a story he once told me."

Of course, since it had to do with his Pop, I wanted to know the story, so I asked him to share it with me.

He said, "When I was about 8-years-old, Pop and I were out fishing, and that's when he told me that the pine trees know when it's Easter."

I had no idea what he meant by that, so I pressed him for more information.

He continued on, "The pine trees start their new growth in the weeks before Easter. If you look at the tops of the pine trees two weeks before Easter, you will see the yellow shoots. As the days get closer to Easter Sunday, the tallest shoots will branch off and form a cross. By the time Easter Sunday comes, around, you will see that most of the pine trees will have small yellow crosses on all the tallest shoots."

I turned to look out my window, and I couldn't believe my eyes. It was a week before Easter, and you could see all of the trees with tall, yellow shoots stretching toward heaven. The tallest ones shone in the sunlight like rows of tiny crosses!

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Thanks for the Son.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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