Trees (Easter 7B)

We’re going to focus on Psalm 1:3 this week. In the NRSV, it tells us those who delight in the Lord “are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither.”

One of the easiest images to draw is a tree. We all learn to do it before we ever set foot in a classroom but the tree we draw is just brown with a big green space for leaves. Take time to look closely at a tree trunk, though, it’s far from brown. It is a mix of colors.

Much the same way we learn basic Sunday school lessons as children and need to give them more depth as we grow and “delight” or “meditate” on the teachings of God.

Begin by drawing a basic brown tree – it will serve as your artistic framework or foundation. Then add other colors that you spotted in your tree trunk while thinking about other people who have taught you the Bible and how they affected your life – sometimes dramatically, sometimes subtly.

Much like the Common English Bible translation of Psalm 1:3, “They are like a tree replanted by stream of water, which bears fruit at just the right time and whose leaves don’t fade.”

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