Love reaches for the high branches

by Craig on October 5, 2012

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Laska the Love Kitty has recently taken to climbing trees.

He likes the ground – all firm, and secure and reliable.

But he hearts being in the branches, the higher point of view, the adventure.

See that tail in the air?

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That’s a happy tail.

But as much as he likes the branches – that in between part he doesn’t like much.

Life is the ground.

We dream of life in the branches…heaven.

But the in between part – we don’t like that much either.

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♥✞ღ I wrote this last year on Deep Into Scripture. Life, right now, is too full of “woe is me”. I’m reminded, one year after Sara died, things need to be kept in perspective. ♥✞ღ

There is a charm to life, a kind of magic, an attractive, pleasant, intoxicating charm.

Whether life is happy or sad, there’s something to it that we don’t want to lose – even with the promise of something better.  To stay alive and aware on this blue dot – there’s an importance, a regal-ness to it.

It’s all we know.

But Sara knows of the highest tree limbs now.

With time comes increasing knowledge of how broken this world is – and we are.

As winsome as life on this planet is, it really presents far more struggle or mundane, than joy. I have known what it’s like to think that this lifetime can be all kittens and ice cream – and then be shocked when it isn’t.

Kittens and ice cream are awesome.
But ice cream always melts…
and cats are sometimes hissy.

Although we long for the better life in the branches…
We’re just fine with keeping two paws on the ground.

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But eternity has been placed in our hearts. (Eccl 3:11)
The branches are really our home.

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Our citizenship is in heaven. (Phil 3:20)

Sara has lived the ground…
and is now dancing in branches…
having met the end of life, that “in between” part.

There are no more tears for Sara…

not in the branches…

no tears in the branches.

But on the ground there are a few left in me.

Still, knowing how much Laska enjoys the branches…

it makes me smile to know Sara is enjoying them infinitely more.

In the branches lies joy…

and slowly…

my sadness…

is turning in that direction.


Here are all of this month’s Sara posts.
You might heart them as much as I.

In which it’s the small things
Love remembers when eternity touches time
In which sorrow submerges joy
Love prays peace, courage, faith, and knowing
In which are “eternity touching time” thank you’s to God
Love is eternity touching time
In which there is hard love
Love believes beyond the dark doorway
In which everyone should have at least one
Love is the faith of a child
In which there is keeping watch
Love is sometimes paradox
In which is rain, and tears in season
Love is greater than the universe, as are we 
In which is steady, intent, trudging toward the Light

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A. October 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm

Craig, I totally heart this post, pictures and all, but very much the message, too!!!! Thanks for helping me look up to the branches…while my feet are still very much on the ground. I appreciate this ‘branches’ reminder!

Of course, squeeze on that yummy piece of fresh cat for me, too! :)


Craig October 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

A, we DO need to reach for the higher branches. I’m finding this to be true as well – Laska seems to like to climb the trees more when there aren’t any leaves – I think he can see further when the leaves aren’t there. I guess higher viewpoint is only good with fewer obstructions. sounds like a post, no? And I squeezed the yummy peace of fresh cat for you – God bless you A!


Layla Payton October 7, 2012 at 12:47 am
Craig November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

These days, since those seven days with no sleep, have all been jumbled up into one for me. I’m sorry I’m only now replying to your comment from a month ago. But since I have begun blogging. A blog post is never complete until I get to talk to you about it. So even though this is a very late response, I appreciate you so much that I need to respond. Thank you for still reading me while I’ve been going through this lost time. I thought I’d be out of the woods, out of the rabbit hole, but the rabbit hole was larger than I thought it would be. Oh, and your’s was a pretty simple comment ツ so after all of this introduction, I’ll just say ツ and God bless!


Katie October 9, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Craig this is beautiful even a year later. Laska is adorable as always. Looking at the high branches.


Craig November 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Katie, thank you. during this time that I know has been so challenging for you, during this time that I’ve been so absent, you haven’t been. I appreciate that. And Laska is both adorable AND smart. God bless and keep you my friend!


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