From Deacon Dick

Wait Here, and Stay Awake” (Mk 14:34)

Why Some Trees Are Evergreen

When the plants and trees were first made, the Great Mystery gave a gift to each species. But first he set up a contest to determine which gift would be most useful to whom.

“I want you to stay awake and keep watch over the earth for seven nights,” he told them.

The young trees and plants were so excited to be trusted with such an important job that the first night they would have found it difficult not to stay awake.  However, the second night was not so easy, and just before dawn a few fell asleep.  On the third night the trees and plants whispered among themselves in the wind trying to keep from dropping off, but it was too much work for some of them.  Even more fell asleep on the fourth night. 

By the time the seventh night came the only trees and plants still awake were the cedar, the pine, the spruce, the fir, the holly, and the laurel.

“What wonderful endurance you have!” exclaimed the great Mystery. “You shall be given the gift of remaining green forever.   You will be the guardians of the forest.  Even in the seeming dead of winter your sister and brother creatures will find life protected in your branches.”

Ever since then all the other trees and plants lose their leaves and sleep all winter, while the evergreens stay awake.

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