by Cass DuCharme    



As a boy, I loved to climb trees. It didn't really matter what kind it was, I just enjoyed climbing them. In fact, when I was a small child growing up in Maine, we had a dog that could climb trees. That dog would follow my brother everywhere, literally. Climbing trees came pretty naturally to me and I enjoyed being above everything and being able to see things from a perspective I couldn't see from the ground.


What boy, or girl for that matter, hasn't had or at least wanted a tree house? A place way up high where they could go and get away from everything else; a place where they could see things from a different perspective. After all, life on the ground can be so one-dimensional.


At Highland Hills we like trees. Our beautiful grounds are full of them. In fact, if you look at our church stationery, you'll see our Sanctuary and some of those magnificent trees. However, one thing that's missing at our church is a climbing tree. Oh, we have a cool playground surrounded by trees but we don't have a tree that we can climb and play in. I think that's a shame too, because climbing trees not only gives us a new perspective but it's also a lot of fun.


It seems that there's this story in the Bible about this guy that climbed a tree to get a better perspective on his surroundings. You see, he was a little guy and he needed to get above the crowd to check out what was going on below him. His name was Zacchaeus. I don't want to spoil the story for you because our Children's Choir will be telling it to us through the musical entitled, What's Up Zak? next Wednesday night, May 9 at 6:45 p.m. in our chapel. Suffice it to say, by climbing that tree Zacchaeus' life would change forever.


I hope you get a chance to climb a tree every now and then and get a better perspective on your surroundings. If not, make sure you attend the children's musical to see and hear what a difference climbing a tree can really make. I'm going to go out on a limb here and ask that we plant a climbing tree at Highland Hills. 'Cause who knows, someone may climb that tree one day and change their life forever.