Lessons from a Redbud

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Cultivating relationship with nature is one of the great joys of living in the Pacific Northwest with is forests and meadows, beaches and mountains. Many of us cultivate our souls as we cultivate the earth – or at least some tiny patch of it – learning life lessons as we do so. When I planted a beautiful redbud tree just over a year ago, I had no idea what lessons it had in store for me – of burdens and loss, of breaking and tending, of patience, surrender, and hope.