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IS THE TREE OF LIFE IN BRAZIL?

Brazil rainforest
Amazon Fores Photo by David Riaño Cortés on Pexels.com

In welcoming you to my world this week I want to talk about the country I would most like to visit. I have always wanted to visit Brazil and see the Amazon. I have visited many countries in my lifetime, from the northern reaches of the icy, beautiful Scandinavian countries to the southernmost tip of Africa and Australia. I have seen the wonders of Europe; visited France, Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands. I have been through the romantic scenery painted by poets and artists of England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. In the east, I have seen exotic orchids in Singapore and Hong Kong and traveled around Australia. Born in Africa, I have visited most of the countries in Southern Africa. In the west, I now live in the USA and have visited Canada and several states. So, that leaves South America to be discovered. 

But the country I really want to visit is a country that has found the secret to living in the Kingdom of God, where people love one another, have compassion for the sick, weary, downcast, and outcasts. The Kingdom that brings hope and healing to those suffering from trauma and brokenness.

The country I really want to visit is a country that has found the secret to living in the Kingdom of God, where people love one another, have compassion for the sick, weary, downcast, and outcasts. The Kingdom that brings hope and healing to those suffering from trauma and brokenness.

How wonderful it would be if that Tree of Life, whose leaves bring healing to the nations, could be in the Amazon Forest and that the River of Life that flows from the Throne of God was the Amazon. In a country where so many indigenous tears have been shed and the blood of missionaries spilled wouldn’t it be wonderful if the Kingdom of God was to be found there!

Healing leaves, Brazil
“Leaves for the healing of the nations”

Jesus said how hard it was for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God, and it should be entered with the trust of little children. Perhaps our capitalistic and western viewpoints have clouded our vision of the Kingdom of God. Is it time to revisit the teachings of Jesus and look through a new lens focused on His love and compassion for mankind? What country would the Kingdom of God look like then?

4 thoughts on “IS THE TREE OF LIFE IN BRAZIL?”

  1. Some good thoughts here, Deryn. As a matter of interest, there are some amazing fragments of the kingdom of God in a small little-heard-of village in rural Venezuela, alongside the Amazon River in South America. My daughter and son-in-law lived there from some years as missionaries, with our little pre-school grandchildren, and ran a two-teacher school built on ground that had to be claimed from the jungle. They, and others from different missionary societies, had to leave there when their lives came under threat. But I firmly believe the truths they passed on to these uncivilized tribes will live on into eternity.

  2. I enjoyed your thoughts on Brazil and the Amazon River. Our daughter and her husband were missionary teachers in nearby Venezuela.

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