Why might we want to talk about trees? I’m from Saskatchewan so I suppose it could be some sort of jealousy, southern Saskatchewan doesn’t have a lot of trees but northern Saskatchewan has a bazillion trees so don’t look down on the whole province. It isn’t jealousy.
I wanted to talk about trees because they show up in two of our Lectionary readings and are the star of the Psalm reading (Psalm 1). I don’t preach from the Psalms very often, not because I don’t like them, but they are poetry and need to be handled a little differently and the Holy Spirit hasn’t told me to preach on a Psalm for a while. This Sunday I wanted to preach about Psalm 1, mentioning the Jeremiah and Luke passages, because my understanding of this Psalm has been reshaped in the past few days.
If you can see what I discovered in dialogue with others, please drop me a line . . . especially if you think my new understanding could use some fine-tuning.