I recently read “Anything and Everything,” a devotional by Shawn McEvoy that related spiritual significance of a children’s book by Shel Silverstein. I think McEnvoy’s summary of The Giving Tree, a book meaningful to children, parents, and teachers for decades, was summed up beautifully.
“A tree and a boy are the best of friends during an idyllic childhood for the young man where he eats apples from the tree, climbs her trunk, swings from her branches, and rests in her shade.
Then things change as things do, and we see the boy approach the tree at all the various stages of his life, caught up — understandably even — more in wanting and needing than in just being.
Every time he has a ‘need,’ the tree obliges… and is happy for having done so. She doesn’t have much but gives all she has until eventually she is nothing but a stump.
At the end of all things however, it turns out a stump is just what the old man needs — a quiet place to sit down and rest and reflect. ‘And the tree was happy. The end.'” (SM)
McEnvoy’s emotional ties to the book are meaningful to him because of his wife, his father, and his Savior. He ties his personal experiences with Silverstein’s story and presents a clear message of the sacrificial giving of Jesus Christ. Christ alone is THE GIVING SAVIOR at all stages of our lives.
McEnvoy’s devotionals and those of others are found at crosswalk.com where I often find needed HOPE and BLESSING. I encourage you to visit crosswalk.com for a daily dose of HOPE and BLESSING.
“and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” (1 Peter 2: 24)
“Therefore be imitators of God as beloved children; and walk in love just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” (Ephesians 5: 1, 2)