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The Rockin' Rev April 2019

ROCKIN REVas published by St Andrew's Church in the Gorleston Community Magazine


The Tale of the Three Trees (An Easter story)


Three little trees grew side by side on a hillside. Each tree dreamed of what they would one day become. The first tree looked up at the stars and said: "I want to be made into the world’s most beautiful treasure chest and filled with gold, silver and precious stones”.  The second tree looked out at the small stream trickling by on its way to the ocean. "I want to be made into a fine sailing ship to carry great kings".  The third tree looked down into the valley below. "I don't want to leave the mountain. I want to grow so tall that when people look at me, they'll raise their eyes to heaven and think of God"

Years passed. The rain came, the sun shone, and the three trees grew tall. One day, a woodcutter climbed the hillside carrying an axe. Each of the three trees anticipated their fate
The woodcutter approached the first tree and with a swoop of the axe, chopped it down. The woodcutter approached the second tree and with a swoop of the axe, chopped it down. The third tree felt its heart sink when the woodcutter approached. Then, with the swoop of the axe, the third tree was chopped down

ROCKIN REV 04-2019AThe first tree was glad when it was taken to a carpenter's shop. But no treasure chest was made that day. The tree was fashioned into a feed box for animals. Then one night a young woman named Mary came looking for somewhere to shelter and to lay her newborn baby. “This feeding box is beautiful” Mary said. In that moment the tree knew that it held the greatest treasure in the world, Jesus - God’s gift to the human race

ROCKIN REV 04-2019BThe second tree smiled when it was taken to a shipyard. But no mighty sailing ship was made that day. Instead the tree was fashioned into a simple fishing boat and taken to a little lake. One day a great storm arose and the waves rocked the boat. But a man named Jesus was with the fisherman that day. He stood up and said to the storm “Peace. Be still”.  Suddenly everything was calm, and in that moment the second tree knew that it carried someone greater than any earthly king
ROCKIN REV 04-2019CThe third tree was chopped into beams. It spent many long years in the woodcutter’s yard. Then one Friday morning it was put on the shoulders of a tired, beaten man and carried through the streets. People mocked as Jesus went past and the tree flinched. He was taken to a hillside, nailed to the tree and raised into the air to die. The tree shuddered with fear and felt the man’s sorrow and pain. Then as Jesus died on the tree, it felt the power of God radiating through it
ROCKIN REV 04-2019DThree days later, on Sunday morning, the sun rose and the earth trembled with joy beneath the tree. The third tree knew that God's love had changed everything. The third tree became the greatest tree in the world. Every time people thought of the third tree, they thought of God

Rev Brian Hall
Vicar, St Andrew’s Church

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Derek Mill (Guest) 15/04/2019 12:25
What a great story, illustration. I shall look forward to sharing it with my grandchildren... And my grown up children! Thanks.