The Stalwart Pear Tree…

This little dogwood tree struggles and survives every year despite it’s poor location, yet it reminds me of another tree,  ‘The Quickened Stalwart Pear’, found in chapter 38  of my book- ‘Four Days- the Lazarus Principle’img_1996

Here is an excerpt with some added emphasis…

“Go with me…to New York City. While we were there we visited the 911 Memorial. I was expecting to be moved by it. I was expecting to feel anger. That is not what I felt – I felt an overwhelming sadness for what America had lost…the loss of a type of innocence which turned many of our people into distrustful cynics. A harsh rhetoric, indicative of anger and fear has descended on our people…the-stalwart-pear-planted

The most hopeful thing of all in that tragic somber place was a Stalwart Pear Tree, known as the Survivor Tree. It is now 30 feet tall and was the last living thing to be removed from the rubble. The tree was moved to a park in New York to see if the broken charred remains could be revived. By the spring of 2012, having survived two collapsing skyscrapers, several moves, and one hurricane, the stubborn little tree is a testament of resurrection power; a living lesson that we can survive, we can be quickened after the worst loss imaginable. Many Wounded Warriors come to the 911 Memorial to have their photo taken by the Survivor Tree. Native New York Swamp Oak trees were also planted, they are alive but are not yet thriving.

Isn’t that the choice we have? We can be alive, cloaked in grieving clothes-south-tower-world-trade-center-stalwart-pearor we can yield to the Savior who has breathed the Breath of Life into us while we are bound by our circumstances… We can struggle and thrive like the Stalwart Pear or we can merely survive like the New York Swamp Oaks. When I saw the Quickened Stalwart Pear, it gave me so much hope amidst all the sadness. So, hear this-

‘For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for your welfare and peace, and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome….you will find Me…when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you…and I will release you from all captivity…’  from Jeremiah 29″


Whatever it is that is holding you back, whether sorrow or sighing,  alive but not yet thriving, the survivor of disaster or dogged with depression, I hope on this blessed Lord’s Day, you will read of the survival of the Stalwart Pear Tree and find sweet comfort in this – and in the Love of God.

Love y’all, Camellia

The Stalwart Pear – New York, 911 Memorial -images from AOL images

The Survivor Tree The Survivor Tree

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Behold I make all things new…

image”When we have suffered the losses that life brings… We know by experience to look for signs. Our instinct whispers in the small things, the gentle rain, a rainbow, a breeze warmed by the sun. The earth welcomes the seed which will sprout, the first tender leaves push up through the garden soil. Our souls begin to stir, knowing the seasons are turning again. Remembering the harsh lessons of winter; knowing full well that nothing on this earth lasts forever. Leaves wither, grass turns brown, and plants die down. Snow blankets the jeweled leaves of autumn -the soil is enriched. The earth is changing ever so quietly, as the days lengthen. We know, as sure as there is springtime -everything can begin again- a fresh start, bright, beautiful and new again. ‘With God all things are possible’.

‘Old things are passed away, behold I make all things new’! Revelation 21:5″

From the rising of the sun in the East through Southern Pines, on the Lord’s Day, have a blessed and peaceful day. Love y’all, Camellia

*excerpt from ‘Four Days- the Lazarus Principle’ by Brenda Wyatt

Be at peace…

Be at Peace…


Be at peace.

Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life. Rather look to them with full hope as they arrive. God, Whose very Own you are, will deliver you from out of them.

         He has kept you hitherto, and He will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand it, God will bear you in His Arms.

Do not fear what will happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father Who cares for you today,   will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

 Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.

Be at peace.

 St. Francis of Assisi

We mourn the recent passing of Mother Angelica founder of EWTN, whose funeral mass was held in Cullman Alabama, and the passing of Pulitizer Prize winning Author Harper Lee of Monroeville and the passing of Academy Award winning Actress Patty Duke who at age 16, portrayed famous Alabamian, Helen Keller. May they find Peace in the Valley and rest there always.

Have a blessed Lord’s Day. We love you and God loves you, Camellia