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Plant a tree as an act of faith


The Redwood National and State Parks. Original image from Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress collection. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

You plant a tree and have faith it will grow for decades to come. When you see trees on your walks and Sunday drives, you can offer a prayer of gratitude for the anonymous person who planted it years ago for the mothers, fathers, and children s/he would never meet.

If you can take yourself out of the equation and make decisions based on what’s beneficial for future generations, then you may be in God’s will. At a conscious level, humans frequently are not aware of how far out their ripples extend.

Prayer and meditation improve your conscious contact with God who then directs you to plant trees. Otherwise, you bumble through life, benefiting from others’ hard work but not contributing to the comfort and security of your children.

Dwindling Trees

Earth Day is an annual commemoration to note the importance of the environment. The National Wildlife Federation is making a plea for planting trees. Urban forests have been shown to mitigate the stress on people and wildlife in urban cultures.

Their online tool allows you to identify the native trees and plants which nourish butterflies and moth larvae–the food source for birds and their young. Research consistently demonstrates that time in nature mitigates the chronic stress of everyday life.

Photo of flower with the words "Nature, Time and Patience are three great healers.
Spending time among trees and nature has a healing effect.

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