This ancient oak tree is on our property. Even though parts of the tree are no longer living, the tree continues to produce leaves every spring. When we moved in our home three summers ago, I did not notice this specific tree until later in autumn. Later still, my husband and I found and bought a print of a similar tree titled "Tree of Hope" by in St. Joseph, Michigan by B.J. Goetz. The print shows a similar tree with this bit of meaningful scripture.
For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And its shoots will not fail. Though it roots grow old in the ground, and it stump dies in the dry soil, At the scent of water it will flourish and put forth sprigs like a plant. Job 14:7-9I find the actual tree fascinating, but I also appreciate the idea that life can come from death. The idea that hope is possible even under dire circumstances. Let us remember that during trying times that there is hope.