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Carving Love Into A Tree

I’ve always wanted to think back and remember having a boyfriend who carved our initials into a tree.

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The thought is nice but it’s not reality. I did have a boyfriend who had our initials carved into a locket. I still have the locket. I’m not sure why I’ve kept it all these years as there are many sad memories that go with it. At the time, they didn’t seem sad. One’s perspective as a young person is quite different than as an adult.

A song by Chris Rice called My Tree compares a lover who carves his love’s initials into a tree with the carving that Christ did on His tree – the tree at Calvary. There is no better love than Christ. He doesn’t have an ounce of selfishness in His heart and only wants what’s best for us.

Why is that so hard for us to grasp?

Lyrics to the song My Tree

On a hill far away stands a tall mighty tree
Where a boy and girl used to take turns pushing the tire swing
I remember the pocketknife in hand and her name in my heart
Thinkin’ there ain’t no way for a boy to contain
the love that he feels inside


So I carved her name into my tree
Then I carved a heart around her name
Then I carved an arrow through the heart just to say “I love you”
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
the emblem of suffering and shame
I remember the nails through my hands
 and your name in my heart
How in their wordless way the nails explain
the love that I feel inside
As they carved your name into my tree
Where I wrapped my heart around your name
Then I took your arrow through my heart
Just to say, “I love you”
Just to say, “I love you”


Now I can never forget how much you mean to me
‘Cause I will always remember whenever I see
Where I carved your name into my tree
Where I wrapped my heart around your name
Then I took your arrow through my heart
Just to say, “I love you”
Just to say, “I love you”
I really love you.

 

Deep Enough to Dream

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