Friday, November 12, 2010

The Oak Tree

Jacquie Here.

This is a poem that Elder Ballard read at the CES Fireside last Sunday. My friend Daniel texted me later and told me that this poem reminded him of one of my older posts I wrote about being grateful for trials. I really like this poem, actually. And it really does pretty much sum up that old post. So read it. And thanks, Daniel!!

The Oak Tree

by Johnny Ray Ryder Jr

A mighty wind blew night and day
It stole the oak tree's leaves away
Then snapped its boughs and pulled its bark
Until the oak was tired and stark

But still the oak tree held its ground
While other trees fell all around
The weary wind gave up and spoke.
How can you still be standing Oak?

The oak tree said, I know that you
Can break each branch of mine in two
Carry every leaf away
Shake my limbs, and make me sway

But I have roots stretched in the earth
Growing stronger since my birth
You'll never touch them, for you see
They are the deepest part of me

Until today, I wasn't sure
Of just how much I could endure
But now I've found, with thanks to you
I'm stronger than I ever knew



  1. aw i love this poem too! we must strengthen our roots so trials don't get to us. thanks daniel!

    p.s. i love blog stalking. i am so glad oyu have a blog jacquie :) i read it daily. i love knowing what you are up to

  2. Chloe!! Haha, I am so glad I have a faithful follower! :) You need to have one or something, girl! I never know what you are up to! Well, it's people like you and Daniel who give me that extra umph to keep this blog up and running. And frequently updated. So thanks for the encouragement! I'll keep it coming as best I can. Love youuu!!