June 15, 2020

One More Apple Tree

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.
—Psalm 46:1-2

No psalm—not even the 23rd Psalm—offers imagery as evocative  as Psalm 46. The opening verses immediately bring to mind a strong reason to hope when everything around me is falling apart. I can't help but remember this quote attributed to Martin Luther* when I read Psalm 46:1-2—

"Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would pass away, I would plant one more apple tree today."

The world gives me so many reasons to doubt, O Lord. But you are the one constant that gives me hope. It's a good thing you're all the hope I need. I pray in the Name of the Christ, who taught me to pray: Our Father...

*He probably didn't really say it, but it's a nice quote anyway.

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