"Then Jesus said to his disciples, if anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me."
The cross, made from some tree, represents death.
We have some beautiful trees at the B&B. Diversity displayed by many shades of green. Then there are dead trees with dead branches. I'd get rid of them, but the most wonderful songbirds seem to like the dead branches the best. They perch on dead wood and sing to God's glory.
Kristi and I reflected about that during prayer one recent morning. The contrast of beauty and glorious music upon dead branches. There is something about that.
Death to self brings forth new life. We carry around the death of Jesus that HIS glorious life might be manifest in us (2 Cor. 4:10)....ushering forth some beautiful music. Singing today.