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February 2, 2018

When we arrived in the retreat centre the gardeners were in the process of felling a large old tree. The tree was no longer sound and sadly needed to be cut down. Most of the tree was removed from the garden except for a piece of the trunk that protruded from the ground. It took more than two weeks for the gardeners to remove that last bit of trunk and some of the larger roots: piece by piece. They took turns using traditional tools. They worked long and hard, hour after hour. It struck me how sometimes we have to work for a long time to gain some degree of spiritual freedom. I wondered how many tiny roots were still in the ground waiting for the opportune moment to emerge and raise their stubborn heads – exactly capturing the unfinished work that is the human heart. How good it is to know that we are forever and always God’s true love.