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The lemon tree

Do you believe in symbolism when it comes to every day items and the significance we place on them as we go about life? I do, I guess. I’ve had a lemon tree in a pot on our porch ever since we moved. Technically, it was Jeseca’s lemon tree, but Christian said he wanted to take care of it shortly after she died and we’ve had it in the pot ever since. Over the past twelve months I’ve watered and nurtured it, hoping that the single lemon hanging three feet above the ground would indicate when it was time to be picked. But slowly, as if following my heart and the memories of a life that continue to fade, the tree has been dying.

That sounds sad, I guess, but it’s not. As I look around our apartment and see the new memories we’ve made, it shows me that life really does go on. We’re not victims of some malicious plan to ruin our lives. We’re victors. We are overcoming one of the hardest things to deal with in life…death. And all because of the hope we have in Christ. The boys know they will see their mom again, and they also know that we have a life to live, and we choose to dream big.

There are many instances in nature where death creates an opportunity for new life. We are seeing that in our lives, and while we don’t know where we’re being led, we trust that God will continue to use what some would consider a horrible tragedy for the best possible future for three Graves boys…

From his career in professional baseball to an attempt at professional golf and the tragic loss of his wife, Jon Graves is on the journey of his life.
Treasure your family. Love your friends. Find your purpose. And have more fun!
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4 Responses
  • Anonymous
    June 30, 2009

    Jon, that was a beautiful and encouraging post. Thank you for the reminder that new life is created every moment… just as a kernel of seed must fall to the ground and die.

  • Sam Graves
    July 9, 2009

    Jon, I echo what "Anonymous" said: what you wrote was beautiful. I look forward to spending some time with you and the boys in a few days. Much love, Dad

  • Janie
    July 11, 2009

    I have watched and talked to Christian about that little lemon tree on your porch for the past year. It was watered and nurtured as you said, and yet recently it's leaves suddenly were no longer green but dry and brown. The small single lemon was still hanging onto the branch by a very small twig, but had completed dried up and began to spoil. As I looked up at it one day while talking to you on the street, I mentioned it had died. We both agreed that it was a sign…a symbol as you said.

    My friend Tom reminded me this past spring in his vineyard about the scripture that tells us we must prune the vines so they will grow more bountiful. We spent an entire day doing just that and he now tells me the vines are flourishing. I think we have to prune our personal lives also, just as with the vines. The season comes when we must cut away the old to allow God to bring the more bountiful new growth. He will be there to bring your new growth, and it will be exciting to watch God's plan open up for you as you prepare for it in your life ahead.

    And He has great plans for our precious little GB's. The past year they have flourished in spite of the tragedy they've experienced; their own "new growth."

    I am saddened that I will not be around to watch you 3GB's floursh as a vine after this month, but expect with great anticipation to hear wonderful things. For as you honor Him, He will also honor you. So prepare for new growth to sprout and rejoice when it comes; it will truly be a gift from God!

    love, prayers, and continued support in all you do for the Lord, son.

    Mom

  • Jon Graves
    July 11, 2009

    Thanks, Mom. Life is changing so very much… I love you.

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