Extend an olive branch - It's a phrase most of us have heard, or most likely even said it, but what does it really mean? And why an olive branch? What is the significance of that? The olive branch has long been known as a symbol of victory, peace, and purity. It has historically been worn by brides, carried by doves, and made into wreaths. It has a biblical origin. It comes from the Book of Genesis. The sign that the flood was over was an olive branch brought back to the ark by a dove. To extend an olive branch is an ancient symbol meaning "let us make peace". It indicates a willingness to bring a conflict to a conclusion. Olive trees take years to mature and war is typically very hard on olives because people cannot take the time to nurture and plant new trees. Therefore, the offer of an olive branch would suggest that someone is tired of war, whether it be an actual war or a falling out between friends. Who among us has often felt the need to bring a conflict to a resolution, to make peace with someone who has been offended? Seeking forgiveness and imparting forgiveness is imperative to our happiness, and well-being, spiritually and emotionally. The tender olive branch is the perfect vehicle.