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The Meaning Behind Tree of Life Jewelry

Posted on September 21 2019

The Tree of Life is a very popular symbol in jewelry and loved by many. Did you ever wonder what the Tree of Life represents? What is the significance behind Tree of Life jewelry and what does it mean to the people who wear it? The Tree of Life has a long history, which crosses many cultures, its themes and meanings span across many belief systems. I spent some time reading about what the Tree of Life means to various religions, cultures and people. Here are four interpretations I'd like to share. 

One of the most important things that the Tree of Life symbolizes to the Christian, is rebirth. As a symbol of rebirth, trees lose their leaves In the fall and enter a hibernation for a few months. But come spring, the tree sprouts tiny buds, bursts forth with dramatic blooms and leaves and is born again. This represents the beginning of a new life in Jesus Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" 2 Corinthians 5:17
Another thing that the Tree of Life represents is family and connection to our ancestors. The tree symbolizes the generations of families; a tree sprouts from a seed, grows and branches out and then creates a new fruit that gives life to the next generation, to begin anew. The tree of life also symbolizes family through its intricate network of branches, showing us the continuity through all generations. The network of branches represents our connection to our parents and grandparents and to our children and our children’s children.

Trees of Life are also a symbol of our growth and development into a beautiful and unique person. Young trees look similar but as they grow older, they weather storms, winds, animals, possibly floods and water damage. Their branches may break and grow back in a different direction, or the very soil beneath them will erode away, causing them to grow even stronger roots to lean on and become more stable. As time passes, each tree becomes very different and beautiful in its own unique way. 

Lastly, a symbol of growth and strength. A young tree starts out with shallow roots that strengthen and grow deeper over time. Branches start as small buds and stretch upwards, reaching for the sun and sky. Just like this tree, a person grows stronger over time and strives for stronger faith, greater knowledge and new experiences. After our roots of faith are planted in the fertile ground of truth, we should grow in understanding God's Word with the help of His Spirit, and through prayer and fellowship with other believers. Only with a deep root system can we endure the storms of life. "Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness." Colossians 2:7
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