Well said, Steve. I, too, live surrounded by oaks that don’t loose all their leaves every year. They remind me they were here long before me and will be here long after me. That stability reminds me that God is always with me: as steady as those trees. I certainly don’t have to climb one of those oaks to get His attention–I already have it within me. I notice the woodpeckers have drilled thousands of little holes for acorns but the tree’s strength is not affected by this. Spiritually I’ve drilled little holes in the religious programming I was raised in but those holes brought the whole thing down. But from those holes have come the seeds of redemption and a knowing of God’s presence in my life that I never had. Detaching and forgiving myself for living half a life for many years helps me to recognize daily how blessed I am by a loving creator. Keep doing what your doing, Steve. You’re a blessing.