Monday, March 11, 2013

Parable of the Pear Tree


In November 2011 I posted about a Program I put together for our Relief Society Fall Social. (A women's group activity/dinner in our church). You can find the post HERE. 


I get many emails asking about the DVD presentation I did.  I am unable to share the DVD due to copyright laws... So I thought I would share the Parable of the Pear Tree that I wrote - adapted from several poems/stories I found on the Internet. 

Please feel free to use my version of the Parable in your own meetings/activities/programs. 

The Parable of the Pear Tree 
(adapted from various poems/stories of the Pear Tree,  found on the internet) 

There was a man who had four sons
He wanted his sons to learn a valuable lesson - so he sent them each on a quest.
In turn, to go and observe a single Pear Tree
Each son traveled to the Pear Tree, each son in a different Season...

The first son traveled to see the tree in the Winter
The second son in Spring
The third son in Summer
The fourth son in Fall

When they had all returned from their travels, he called them together to each describe what they had seen...

The first son said the tree was ugly, bent, old and gnarled. Not much use to anyone...

The second son said it was covered in green buds and full of promise...

The third son disagreed; he said it was full of blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful. The tree was the most graceful thing he'd ever seen....

The last son disagreed with all of them. He said it was ripe and dropping with fruit. Full of life and fulfillment...

The father then explained to his sons that they were each right, because each had witnessed only one Season in the tree's life
He told them you cannot judge a tree or a person by only one season...
Not all things are possible in all seasons.  Joy comes from recognizing and appreciating the challenges and opportunities in each Season of Life... 

If you give up when it's Winter...
you will miss the promise of Spring...
the beauty of your Summer...
and the fulfillment of your Fall...

Don't let the pain of one Season
destroy the JOY of all the rest....

Take time each day to discover how beautiful your season can be...

Let us relish life as we live it and find Joy in the Journey - Pres. Thomas S. Monson

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven... Eccl.3:1



Note:  I put this parable to photos I've taken over the years. {i.e. the second son in the spring: I used a photos of spring flowers... the fourth son in the fall: I used a photo of sunset at fall... etc. } 

9 comments:

A.J. Dub. (Amy) said...

Thank you!

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful parable! I had no idea you were so talented in creative writing :)

Di~ said...

thanks Jodie, it's beautiful, hit home for me.... :)

Jeanie said...

Love this....very true and insprirational!

robinh said...

Thank you for sharing. It is good timing for me..I turn 60 in two weeks ( and have two teens still at home...my only children, so 60 does not seem very real) and lots of reflecting has come with this new decade.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Thanks for sharing. I needed some inspiration this morning.

trish said...

Thank you Jodi. That was beautiful.
I will be pondering it today. :o)

Margaret said...

Lovely; thank you.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Jodie, this is beautiful and something I needed to hear just now. Thanks!

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