“That is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:12

Last summer I made a prayer tree. I drove a long piece of rebar into the ground by the fence in my front yard. I secured a small branch from an orange tree so that it made a cross. I hung tiny lights on it. It was rustic and simple, but oh so powerful. I bought tags with strings and placed them in a basket on the fence. I hand wrote an invitation for anyone walking by to add their prayer to the tree. By the time winter arrived, the tree was full of prayers from people I have never met; people who took a moment to stop by my front yard garden and write their petitions to God.

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The winter rains (what few we have had here in California!) forced me to take down the prayer tree. The cards were too moldy. But a few weeks ago, I made a new prayer tree, this time on a black metal lattice. Already people have written prayers and hung them on the tree. Dozens of them flutter in the breeze. I read the prayers and pray them in my own heart. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to bear witness to such intimate conversations with God. The prayer tree means a great deal to me. I am filled with tender joy whenever I see a stranger pausing on the sidewalk to either write a prayer or to read those that others have written and shared.

Being fully reliant on God means we share our faith. The humble prayer tree I created for the garden is a small way I share mine. It’s a small way for me to be in service to others. It’s a daily reminder to me to put God first.

F.R.O.G. Practice: How might you share your faith in a way that touches someone else? How might you invite others to come to know God in such a way that they are transformed and made new?

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