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Week 3 – Tuesday

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Blessed are those who trust in the Lord … They shall be like a tree planted by water … in the year of drought it is not anxious. 

Reading

Jeremiah 17.7-8
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
    sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
    and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
    and it does not cease to bear fruit.

Reflection

The Bible points to trees as an example for us to follow so that when difficulty comes, we, like them, can hold fast to life. Trees do so much to support the world around them. They absorb carbon from the atmosphere. They hold back storms and flooding. They protect the soil and restore moisture to it. They provide habitats for wildlife.

Deforestation has put the whole earth in danger. Planting more trees is a vital way of protecting our world.

Action

Can you plant a tree this Lent? If not, the Woodland Trust can plant one for you. Or why not encourage your church to plant a tree whenever someone is baptised?

Prayer

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

From “O Lord my God!”,
by Stuart K. Hine (1899-1989)

Family Challenge

Find out how trees help the planet
Trees do so much to support other life around them: people, animals and plants. Research the different ways they do this.

Reflections from the Church House Publishing booklet #LiveLent: Care for God’s Creation – A 40-Day Challenge inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio (SPCK) are copyright 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.

Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.