We are trying to be intentional about paying attention to the (often subtle) seasons here. Joshua and I both observed that Advent (I know December is long gone, but I'm just catching up...) in Brisbane coincides with the shedding of bark on many gum (eucalyptus) trees. It is also when they begin to flower.
Each year there is an increment of living bark that results in the continual expanding girth of the tree. In all species [of eucalyptus] the outermost layer dies each year. In about half of the species this dead layer completely sheds, exposing a new layer of living bark, and the process continues year after year. Source.Perhaps there is a message for us, for me, in this. There is beauty to be found amidst the messiness of change and growth.
What do I need to shed?