August 7 Edevotional

Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved
Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that’s planted by the waters
I shall not be moved

In His love abiding,
I shall not be moved

And in Him confiding,
I shall not be moved Just like the tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved

I shall not be,I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that’s planted by the waters
I shall not be moved

Though all Hell assail me, I shall not be moved
Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved
Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved
On the rock of ages, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
I shall not be, I shall not be moved
Just like the tree that’s planted by the water
I shall not be moved
Songwriters: Vernie O. Fossett I Shall Not Be Moved lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group
The flowers and vegetation, the trees and the lakeside, at this time of year, are like healing balm to my soul. The old adage, “Bloom where you are planted” and the song lyrics, ” like a tree planted by the water, we shall not be moved” are ringing in my ears. It is what the trees do–affected deeply by what is going on around them, yet putting down roots that will not be moved.
I spent some time with a good friend at a cottage in the forest this week. I met my friend about 35 years ago when we were both living in an intentional Christian community sharing our lives, our living, our resources and all of who we were. We believed that the community would last forever. The community eventually disassembled, but the relationships forged in living together continue. (This community is also where I met my husband, Tim.)
My friend has a being that speaks to me of the trees. Shev plants herself deeply and invites others into the”planting.” Like a tree planted by the waters.” It is a beautiful thing to be held in the arms of such a tree.
I have some questions I would like you to think about:
What is it about God that you wish to know more?
What relationships speak to you of God?
In what places and/or relationships do you feel embraced, like the branches of a tree, with the sunlight dappled and dancing through the leaves?
Would you like to be part of a small group where you can experience a sense of community like being planted in a forest of trees by the water?
Pastor Sherrie Lowly
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