Canorus blossoms de-hacked

Spring. Once again cherry blossoms perch on dark limbs outside my office window. Delicate pink hues brighten areas that have endured winter storms and turbulent winds. Songbirds broadcast joy.

Through the years our cherry tree has survived those forces and my best intentions.

Years ago, when the limbs of our cherry tree were infested with bag worms, I cut off the diseased limbs. Then the tree was so odd looking, I chopped down the rest. Why let George Washington have all the fun?

As you may expect we missed the cherry tree, especially in April. Overgrown azalea bushes at its base hid its resurrection for a time. Now the cherry tree is more beautiful than ever.

Last fall, I noticed bag worms had occupied several branches high in the tree. This year we'll hire a tree specialist instead of trying to fix the problem ourselves.

Our backyard cherry tree reminds me of relationships worth keeping. We all like it when plants and relationships go well with little effort. But what happens when problems arise? Years of inattention can make small problems into big ones. Good intentions, unfortunately, can be as effective as my tree care skills.

Love is always a good idea. Love that cares, listens, forgives and tries again and again to make things right. God promises love never fails.

Asking God to help is always a good idea also. Problems may savage a relationship, but they need not destroy it completely if the Great Physician, Doctor Love himself, is asked to help. He knows all about resurrecting people and relationships that seem hopeless. I'm told he's good with trees also.

How do you switch from hacking to healing remedies with the people (and trees) you love?

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