Trunks, planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:3)

Early in the year I saw the tree,
when I was walking with friends
at Bedrock Farm
talking about churches,

and suddenly all the diagrams
of the denominations
(same for seminarians
as for church school children)
showing a tree with branches
branch dividing from branch,
leaves on the smallest ones,
came to my mind.

I knew that far more true
to how we reach for God –
across our faiths, across the world
is this tree of so many trunks,
some filled with leaves,
some leafless for a season,

reaching together for sunlight,
and woven together
all near the very root of things.

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13 Responses to Trunks, planted by streams of water (Psalm 1:3)

  1. Shawna Yeung says:

    Oh beautiful! And so timely. Thank you!

    Reach deep down today and be nourished.💕

    I love the connection between all of the trees recognizing all of the differences and different stages of life.

    Just beautiful.

    Have a wonderful day!


  2. Jane Fisler-Hoffman says:

    Thank you, Maren. Lately (age 77) trees have come to fascinate me, with their deep roots, complex shaping and branches reaching to the heavens…

  3. Maren says:

    I feel the same way … after a lifetime of seeing trees as “part of forest” now I find myself reflecting on individual ones.

  4. Deane says:

    Many faiths, one God.
    Beautiful imagery, a beautiful reminder.
    Sharing with my extended Muslim and Persian families. ❤️ 🙏🏼

  5. dabar96 says:

    Here I am, a twig on a small branch on a larger branch on a trunk, too often worried about whether I’ll ever leaf again; yet all of us are so anchored by the God whose roots feed indiscriminately and abundantly. So focused on my reaching, I lose sight of all that reaches toward and for me; all the trunks by which I am eternally anchored to hope.

    Thank you, Maren, for this reminder.

  6. What a lovely image. Thank you, Maren.

    It’s got me thinking about banyan trees (and some others) which send shoots *down* toward the earth as their branches spread. Those shoots reach the earth and root themselves, creating new stems to support the canopy overhead.

    May we all find our roots in God’s earth.

  7. I love the poem and the metaphor so much, and the comments show how it resonates so strongly with others, who have expanded the image further, like the growth of the tree.

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