Today I attended the FGA church service as usual, only special was that I joined the first meeting of the life group led by Maureen Khoo. This life group will be conducted in every first and third Sundays of the month. Our group name is called “Almond Tree.”
Very cute, I thought. Digging deeper, Maureen explained to us why she chose it and clearly shared to us its meaning.
A tree, as a man, is a vertical figure projected toward Heaven. It is a symbol, because of its vital strength which is annually renewed during the cycle of the seasons, reminding us of the victory of life over death.
Symbol of the Almond Tree
The almond tree is the first tree to sprout after the winter season. So this tree can be seen as a characterization of a new beginning in one new season of our lives. Also, it was mentioned in one passage from Jeremiah that it’s a watchful tree, which reminds us of the watchful eye of God, that watches over us when we put His words to set to practice.
Very much, after the session which talked mostly about investing in ourselves and in the next generation, I felt the new day breaking while the sun is radiating its glory. The night had lasted far too long, my last screams died away hours ago. I’m tired of the numbness, sick of the aches. With those beautiful colors, imagined truly in the heart of God, I could hear the rise of the moving broken, each being made anew.
The darkness has no power over us. This day has a promise filled with great things to be. We prayed that our weakness shall be turned to strength; and the weary things no one can see being brought out shall be healed. It is in the cries of the broken, finally alive enough to let others share in the pain they can no longer bear alone.
It’s in every breath we take, precious and frail. In one moment in your life, if ever you also feel this, take hold of this moment, break those chains that bind you. Walk into the beauty; it is always there for you. Smile, trust me–it will light up the world. Live, you will do amazing things. And most of all, know that as long as you have faith, hope will never fade away.