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The Believer Tree Psalm 1

The Believer Tree

What would you rather be, a tree or a flaky garlic husk?


The psalm writer uses the image of a tree planted by a stream as a metaphor for a godly person. When we found out that there are more than 60,000 species of trees worldwide, we thought it might be helpful to take a closer look at the type of tree the psalm writer mentions.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Tall Tales,” September 24, 2006.


We love trees. They do so much.

They provide shade. They often bear fruits or nuts. They add oxygen to the air. Their wood is fuel for fires or lumber for shelter. They give protection from wind. Their foliage and roots prevent erosion. They are beautiful in shape, and virtually infinite in variety.

Property is more valuable with trees than without trees.

The souls of poets have been moved by trees. Most famously, Joyce Kilmer (who died in the Great War 100 years ago this past July) wrote an ode to a tree which includes the words, “I think that I shall...

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