Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:
He that plants trees loves others besides himself.
— Thomas Fuller
Trees take many years to become beautiful. They start out small and scrawny, and they need attention and care. Planting them is a lot of work for very little payback in the short-term. But over time, trees become big, beautiful, and useful.
When we plant trees, we are doing it for the people who will come after us. We care that this place will be beautiful for them.
To help them make decisions, some Native American tribes ask, “What will be the effect of this decision on the children to come after us seven generations from now?”
Seeing ourselves as part of life is truly a gift. We can feel the connections with those before us and those yet to be born. Let’s do it with love.
Prayer for the Day
Higher Power, help me feel connected to all of life today, and help me to act lovingly with care for the past and the future.
What can I do today that will live on into tomorrow? Plant a flower or a tree? Teach a child something new? Send a card to a friend? Today I will do one thing.
You are reading from the book:
God Grant Me. . . © 2005 by Hazelden Foundation