Live On


I remember playing in the shade of this old pecan tree when I was a little girl.

A long time ago the tree was struck by lightning. The wounds from the strike are only scars now.

Although damaged and misshaped the tree lives on. It’s a resilient one. It found a way to survive…..thrive even.

Birds still perch there. Shade is still given. It’s a generous tree.

And the hole in the center of the tree is the perfect place for a squirrel to rest from his scampering.




  1. Bene' on August 27, 2016 at 12:22 am

    Just like the beautiful tree our scars throughout life are very things that show our uniqueness. I have heard it said, “Scars are the marks of a life lived not a life lost.”

    • mariegriffith on August 27, 2016 at 8:01 am

      Yes they are. And how blessed we are that God is there with us…..loving us, healing us, and causing all of it to work for our good.

  2. Abrie Joubert on August 27, 2016 at 1:29 am

    And the squirrel can find peace in the the hole similar to the calm in the eye of a hurricane despite the torment the tree experienced

    • mariegriffith on August 27, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Thank you. I like your comparison to the eye of a hurricane.

      • Abrie Joubert on August 27, 2016 at 9:04 am

        I was actually also thinking of what Christ said that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. To me it means as stated in Luke that for us things are impossible but possible for God. Thus it is Christ’s efforts which saves us not our own regardless of what our financial position may be.

  3. Kathy Simmons on August 27, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Perfect Marie!

  4. Shiva Malekopmath on August 27, 2016 at 11:04 am

    A perfect title
    A wonderful tree
    A very good post

    • mariegriffith on August 27, 2016 at 11:07 am

      Thank you Shiva. I had the post written before I titled it and it took me a while to finally give it one. I wasn’t really sure but went with that one anyway.

      • Shiva Malekopmath on August 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

        I am reading your top ten
        I shall come again and finish the rest.
        I would not want to finish them at a stretch.
        Loved them. Marie!!!

  5. mybeautfulthings on August 28, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Beautiful indeed! Lovely shot. 🙂

  6. vinneve on October 5, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    I like your post about this tree.

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