[chris rice – my tree]

[chris rice – my tree]

I was digging through the code today and listening to music on random. A song came up and the lyrics caught my attention. I have heard this song many times, yet today I paid attention to what it really says… and I sat amazed and mesmerized by the amazing reminder and imagery.

The song is by Chris Rice called My Tree.

On a hill far away stands a tall mighty tree
Where a boy and girl used to take turns pushing the tire swing
I remember the pocketknife in hand
And her name in my heart
And thinkin’ there ain’t no way for a boy to contain
The love that he feels inside
So I carved her name into my tree
Then I carved a heart around her name
Then I carved an arrow through the heart
Just to say “I love you”

Now on a hill far away stood an old rugged cross
The emblem of suffering and shame
I remember the nails through my hands
And your name in my heart
And how in their wordless way the nails explain
The love that I feel inside
As they carved your name into my tree
Where I wrapped my heart around your name
Then I took your arrow through my heart
Just to say, “I love you”
Just to say, “I love you”

Now I can never forget how much you mean to me
‘Cause I will always remember whenever I see

Amazing His love is.

  • Excuse me while I recover from choking up. Wow.

    My recent post givenupontheworld

    • it does have that effect… i sat there, right in the middle of my work day, right there in the office, and stared at the words, seeing more than mere symbols of speech, but rather an image of divine expression of love…

  • wow is all I can say.
    My recent post Before And After

  • I recognize some of the lyrics from an old hymn that I sang as a child.

    On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross.. the emblem of suffering and shame.

    Ultimately, the tree is just that… a tree. But then there are times that it reminds us of what, more importantly, has occurred. Pretty cool stuff.

    By the way.. just out of curiosity what languages do you code in? (For nearly 2 decades I was a code jockey.. I switched to the business side about a year ago.. though I still dabble.)
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    • yep, the Old Rugged Cross hymn's in there…

      for me it was always amazing how one can see the symbols of His love etched in everything… yeah, a tree is just a tree, yet when it has a history behind it, the history is that something that transforms the object beyond the obvious.

      what you said reminded me of a quote from Max Lucado that i've read just this morning during my devotions…

      One of the finest gifts I ever received is a football signed by thirty former professional quarterbacks. There is nothing unique about this ball. For all I know it was bought at a discount sports store. What makes it unique is the signatures.

      there were numerous trees before and after Christ, but that one tree was special…

      Oh, i am just a novice – HTML mostly, some CSS… and it's ironic that i started working with these quite suddenly – i did not know anything about it before i started working at the Chamber as a e-publications / web-content coordinator… *Shrug* 🙂 been leanin' ever since, but i want to take an actual class sometime.
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