The Love Tree
by Ann Cooke
One of our favorite vacation spots is St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest city in America and one that is steeped in history. We love the beaches there and especially love the Old Town shops. And of course the food!! Our first year there we stumbled on this marvel of nature, the Love Tree. The Love Tree is actually two trees; a Sable Palm growing out of the heart of an Oak. Legend has it that if you kiss your love under the tree your bond of love will be everlasting. Needless to say there were quite a number of couples waiting in line to test this legend. And of course we joined them! Who doesn’t want everlasting love?
I couldn’t help but think of how this tree relates to the love that God has for us. Let’s look for a moment at a few observations.
The Love Tree is two trees in one. This is much like the institution of marriage. Marriage is a wonderful gift of God. In marriage two people become one in the sight of God. (Matthew 19:6). This is a wonderful thought isn’t it? The love between man and wife is a bond so strong and mysterious that only the two of them share. Aristotle said it beautifully; “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”
Notice how one tree envelopes the other. This reminds me of how (more…)