Tree of Life or Tree of Knowledge

There were two trees in the Garden of Eden.  There are two trees to choose from every day . . . and they seem clearest to me in the morning.  Please read the poem beneath the picture.



Pre-dawn light.  Music in the treetops.  The birds switch microphones—in stereo now everyone!

The Lord our God, Jehovah He

Commands the light of dawn.

His melody in treetops ring,

Delighting everyone.

Roses lift their dewy heads

And smile into his face,

The squirrels and rabbits join the deer

And leap across the stage.


“Receive it! Receive it! Receive it!”

The soloist invites.

And hands behind the curtain

Change the color of the lights.

The cardinal takes the microphone

To say his lines to you,

“Every promise God has made,

They will come true for you!”


Tree of Life, I’d rather have

A morning in your shade

Than all of earth’s diplomas that

The Tree of Knowledge made.

I come to rest beneath this tree

In hopes that I’ll arrive

And later leave with shoes of peace,

With love that is alive.


For all I want to know today

And all I want to be

Are found in secrets whispered

In communion at this tree.


About Lift the Cross of Jesus!

My day job is writing--I'm an author and publisher of a number of books. More on that later. But there is nothing of greater importance to me than the early morning hours I spend with the Creator of the Universe. Although He knows everything there is to know, His greatest delight isn't to give us knowledge, but to give us love. My highest joy is to watch the sun rise with notebook in hand and write the words he speaks to my heart. I want to share some of those words with you here . . . words on the cross.
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3 Responses to Tree of Life or Tree of Knowledge

  1. Larry Who says:

    Amen. I agree.


  2. Hope: This really blessed me today. I’m going through some struggles and frustrations and fighting off some anxiety that was trying to creep in – being in my head too much. After reading this and realizing some of my own writings of what the Lord has shown me – some prayer and divine restoration from the Lord through my wife, helped me jump like a squirrel from the tree of knowledge to the tree of life. Now I’m not nuts anymore.
    Blessings, Mark


  3. Love your humor, Mark! Made me laugh!


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