Written by Steven Liechty
Amy Jo Jones
"They are like trees planted by streams of water…" - Psalm 1:3
Stout Grove is in the northern part of the Redwood Forest in California along the Pacific Coast. This particular grove of trees is along the Smith River. When walking through grove and gazing upward at the trees for the first time, I knew I was among the giants and the great teachers of creation.
To describe them is an exercise in futility, as it is best to experience being among them. They are trees, planted by a stream of water. They are un-moving and have withstood indescribable elements through the centuries. They are still standing, still living, still breathing. Some redwoods are so toughened that they can even withstand a forest fire and live through it. They are prosperous.
As you reflect on your relationship to God, where is it that you find your deepest roots? Where are the streams of water that nurture your soul? Plant yourself there. Do not move from that place of peace. Move through the seasons of your life, time and again, knowing that as long as you are planted by the streams of mercy, your life will be productive and prosperous, deeply rooted in God’s love.
"Come, O fount of every blessing. Tune my heart to sing your grace. Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of endless praise." Amen.
Amy Jo Jones is a hospice chaplain, living in Beaverton, Oregon. She works at Providence Home and Hospice Services and is a member of First Congregational Church in Hillsboro, OR.