Planting Trees

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Adoption leaves me crying at the most bizarre times! Hang with me as I explain what happened…

My dad gave me a copy of the new Andrew Peterson CD, so I was happily driving home from work enjoying it for the first time.  As the song Planting Trees began to play, I basked the imagery of newlyweds digging in the soil to plant the seeds of their family tree. The young couple knew that the “tree” would grow and be a blessing years after they were gone.
I wasn’t feeling emotional until the second verse, when I was caught off guard by the newlyweds adopting a son from Africa.  Once again, adoption left me randomly sobbing.
To make matters worse, I have already put much thought into the way this adoption will forever change the makeup of our own family tree… and the song went on to proclaim this thought again and again, sending me laughter and wails all at once.  No, I am not proud of this.  I am a nut!  (Click here to see my January post discussing the beauty of adoption changing our family tree for generations to come.)  I suppose I was unprepared for the sweetness of hearing my realization in song.
My soul welled up in agreement as the song begged others, “Lean into something lasting/Planting trees.” Oh, how I have loved working on our own family tree. I ache for it to grow. It is a lasting and God-annointed journey to grow a family for His glory!
He took a plane to Africa
He gathered up into his arms
An orphan son
So many years from now
Long after we are gone
This tree will spread its branches out
And bless the dawn
So sit down and write that letter
Sign up and join the fight
Sink in to all that matters
Step out into the light
Let go of all that’s passing
Lift up the least of these
Lean into something lasting
Planting trees

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  1. i had never heard of andrew peterson before, but after this post i went and downloaded the song from itunes. and now my husband is officially sick of it (he cant stand to listen to the same song more than once in a day and i love playing new songs over and over commiting them to heart and understanding the lyrics more). mwoahahahahahaha. so our 2.5 hour drive to gainesville to go tubing yesterday with our youth kids – needless to say we all knew it by heart by the time we got home. and bryan even passed the "im sick of this song" phase to "i love this song now and dance everytime it comes on" lol. very cool thanks for passing it along. πŸ™‚

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