“What’s wrong?” she asked.
“I ran over another one,” he said shakily.
“Are you okay?”
“I’m okay, but the blade is bent.”


 Five beautiful treed acres
can be intimidating
on that riding lawn mower
for one good reason
tree stumps.


Hitting those stumps is unnerving.
And they seem to outnumber the grains of sand.
After the last soaking rain,
the ground has softened.
The stumps’ surrounding soil shriveled causing the stumps to be more prevalent …
more dangerous.
And he took fire to as many tree stumps as he could find.
After a good burning, monitored closely,
the stumps fell apart.
Taking a shovel, he removed the fragments.
Thankfully, due to the storms, the softened ground made for easier removal.
Those stumps will never be encountered again.
The tree stumps in our lives are present.
We think we have resolved problems in our lives
only to discover unresolved roots still present.
The tree has been cut down,
but the stump remains.



Mom and Dad divorced when I was a child.


They often lie dormant until life’s rains fall.
The stump’s surrounding fragile foundation shrivels,
and the stump raises its ugly head.
We run into them.
We stumble and fall.
We are bent and broken.
If we don’t allow God
 the owner of our life’s property,
our sure foundation
to handle issues,
after the storms,
 while soil is soft,
setting holy fire and getting to the root,
we’ll fall apart with the next good stiff breeze.
One of life’s greatest feats is overcoming life’s defeats.

2 thoughts on “Stumps

  1. Beautifully said!

    I tried dealing with a stump using black powder. That, I suppose, is why my last words will probably be “Hey, Bubba, watch THIS!”

    The question you raised on the B&S blog today, on the use of sentence fragments…I'm doing a last pass on “Emerald Isle” before re-submitting it to an agent who expressed interest, and found that in the more active scenes, I did use fragments to convey urgency.

    Also, if you want to get an idea of the minimalist nature pf Phillip Glass's music, listen to the main title theme for “Hamburger Hill”. If you can get the movie (or find that part on Youtube) the visuals that go with it – the Wall in DC – are striking.


  2. Thank you, Andrew. I like the fragments … but I imagine it's best to control how many we use. I'll be praying about “Emerald Isle” … I pray it goes well with the agent. And thank you for stopping by.


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