The Book of Revelation speaks about “a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, …and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” (Revelation 22:1, 2, NKJV)
Certainly, many nations need healing. Many persons in these nations need healing. Many children need the “pure water of life,” nurturing and healing. Perhaps nations and people need a better, clearer understanding of this “pure river of life” and “the tree of life”? Perhaps most people need to know, see and feel the real Life that is God, Love?
Last week I mentioned the leaves of autumn. Well, the colors in many trees are changing quickly and leaves are already dropping. Yet, here’s something that doesn’t change and won’t drop. Here’s a thought that can bring comfort and inspiration to those with receptive hearts who may need healing.
“Every leaf upon every tree declares perpetually that God is Love.” This is a quote attributed to Mary Baker Eddy by William R. Rathvon, found in We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Expanded Edition, Volume II, p. 541.
Now every time you look at deciduous trees filled with leaves, or maybe even if you’re raking piles and piles of leaves, you may think, or even say aloud:
“Every leaf on every tree declares perpetually [to me] that God is Love. Love is everywhere, and I am divinely, naturally and wholly loved.”
May the leaves of every tree be a symbol of “the tree of life” – of God as Love – to you always!
D. Brian Boettiger