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sexta-feira, 13 de novembro de 2015
LIKE A TREE
That person is
like a tree
planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Psalm 1:3a (read 1:1-6) NIV
Without the example of the trees, our spirituality
could be limited to personal piety. Our ideal would be to keep good company, to
void doing evil or even the appearance of evil and to think pure thoughts. Our
goal of religiousness would be to keep ourselves pure, to get along well with our
brothers and sisters in the faith and to read the Bible. In order to be a good
church member it would be sufficient to be assiduous in worship, be steadfast
in doctrine and be good tithers.
But the example of a tree changes this concept. It can
teach us beautiful lessons and enrich our lives.
In the world of nature the trees of a species aren’t
gathered in exclusive areas. There is always a tree biodiversity, each
preserving its own nature while contributing to the good of the others. One
species does not organize itself into an orchard, but rather, mixes with the
others and beautifies the entire forest. In contrast, humans tend to form
homogeneous groups: clans, religions, churches, synagogues, mosques, clubs,
societies, associations, etc. for mutual benefit. Human nature resists
heterogeneity and finds it threatening. One of the tree’s secrets is its
ability to thrive in diversity.
This psalm cites other secrets: roots, leaves and
The roots bind the tree to the source of nutrition. Roots
seek food and water deep in the soil, and at the same time, give firmness
against the gusty winds. The deeper the roots, the more support. People also
need "roots" in order to live and grow. The psalmist describes the source
of our support as "the law of the Lord". This law is much more than a
few words etched in stone or paper. It includes everything that God writes in
nature and history. The psalm cites the lessons that trees teach us. If we pay
attention we can see the Lord’s law written in all of creation. To have roots
is to have sensitivity to read, learn and meditate on all that goes on around
The tree is planted in the earth but facing the sun.
If the roots unite it with earth, the leaves connect it to the heavens. The
leaves capture the light energy and convert the nutrients which the roots bring
from the earth into organic matter which is part of living organisms. The
sunlight is as essential as the ground water for its life and growth. The sun
to the tree is equal to meditation and prayer (listening to the Divine) for
humans. We are not just dust. We do not live only on bread. We are spirit
(consciousness) and we feed upon love, beauty and hope. Without this
"bread" we lose our humanity and become
The fruit is the result of the joint action of the
roots and leaves. They produce fruit that contains the seed of new life.
The absence of roots and leaves results in straw which
is merely blown by the wind. We are seeing the effects of humanity without
roots and leaves. Our materialistic culture is transforming people into
"straw" which is blown by the winds of greed, hatred and prejudice.
It is no coincidence that the tree became the symbol
of life! The results of deforestation are revealing how much the world needs
trees. The first Psalm speaks of the importance of human beings becoming like
trees and producing fruit to promote life. The world needs human trees.
PSALM 1:1-6 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Blessed is the one
who does not
walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in
the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of
its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
they do prospers.
Not so the wicked!
wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,