May 10, 2018
The writer of Psalm 1 describes a person’s life as being like a tree. Verses 1-3 read, “Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path that sinners tread or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law, they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, that yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.”
A tree planted by a stream of water has the capacity to endure. The roots of a tree provide stability and the capacity to withstand storms.
This image of the tree that the Psalmist presents also reminds us that for a tree to grow those strong roots it takes time and energy. Day by day the roots move deeper and deeper into the ground. When we gather for worship, when we pray, when we come together and share a meal together in community, when we study and learn together, when we serve our neighbor – all these practices help us to grow roots that can empower us to endure the challenges of life.
Where do you plant yourself? Where do you find refreshment?
Food for Thought:
The philosopher Joseph Campbell wrote, “God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, ‘Ah.”
Rev. Dr. Barbara Kershner Daniel, Senior Pastor
Evangelical Reformed Church, United Church of Christ
15 West Church Street, Frederick, MD 21701