Healing Tree

painting by Mollie Walker Freeman
painting by Mollie Walker Freeman
Healing Tree by Mollie Walker Freeman, 2016

The Tree of Life is a strong image and theme in the Bible, and also in my own life. It shows up in other literature, as well, including other religious books. In Genesis, the Tree of Life presents a problem for the fallen human beings, such that they are driven from the garden forever, lest they eat of it.

At the end of the book, the very last chapter, we see the Tree again, in the book of Revelation. It’s seen flourishing on either side of the River of Life. This is one unusual tree, indeed. It bears fruit in every season – twelve kinds of fruit – “and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.”

I have been inspired to paint the Tree of Life more than once. I recently painted this one during a worship service at a church called Christ Community, in Greeley, Colorado. It’s rare that I place scripture or any writing on a painting, but these 2 verses seemed to belong here.