Who Loved to go Hiking…
And she would pack up her favorite things and put them in her backpack.
And off she would go…into the woods.
And she would delight herself by playing among the branches of the woods.
And she would collect all kinds of natural treasures, including the leaves of the trees she loved.
And she would stop to read her favorite book.
And eat snacks.
The snacks were a very important part of her hike.
For after traveling the treacherous trail only a few feet, she would be famished!
And she would rest in the shade of the trees.
And she would eat another snack at the next bench.
(We entitled this new sport “bench press” hiking…you should try it sometime.)
And the girl loved the trees that she met on her hike.
And the girl was happy.
And she was very thankful for her hike.
Of course, these photographs were inspired by one of my favorite children’s books The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein.
I love this simple book, because its theme speaks of unnoticed sacrificial giving.
This little girl would give you her last M&M, if she thought it would make you happy.
In the spirit of thankfulness this season, you might want to listen to this short audio broadcast
(scroll to a bit past 17:00 minutes into broadcast)…
Listening to this testimony will make you very thankful
and give you new insight into the impact of those shoe boxes that you send this time of year.
Have a happy Thanksgiving season! 🙂