Tuesday, March 17th

Today’s devotion comes to us again from the Church of England’s #LiveLent series:

Scripture: Jeremiah 17:7-8
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
    sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
    and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
    and it does not cease to bear fruit.

The Bible points to trees as an example for us to follow so that when difficulty comes, we, like them, can hold fast to life. Trees do so much to support the world around them. They absorb carbon from the atmosphere. They hold back storms and flooding. They protect the soil and restore moisture to it. They provide habitats for wildlife.

Deforestation has put the whole earth in danger. Planting more trees is a vital way of protecting our world.

Can you plant a tree this Lent? If not, the Woodland Trust can plant one for you.

Prayer for the week:
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook, and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

From “O Lord my God!”,
by Stuart K. Hine (1899-1989)