Maggie for the magnolia by our back deck,
Cy for the cypress down by the lake,
King for the giant oak, who holds my swing,
Leb for the cedar, not ever from Lebanon,
Elmer for the elm tree by the front door.
Naming something allegedly gives us more
power over it, but if a huge hurricane hits
my yard hard, would my commands
have the clout to make trees stand firm
or find a new route away from my home?
Jesus said faith can move mountains –
and maybe trees and hurricanes too,
but Lord God, I look only to You to
empower and move me into Your ways
in praise of Your All-Powerful Name.
by Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016