The Canticle of Jeremiah

For a change of pace … Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Jeremiah–my choice for “memory verse” on the Unit I test. I love the nature imagery and the theme of trust. The second stanza reminded me of a scene from my September trip to the Canadian Rockies (note the ice-blue of the water, from glacial melt or “rock flour.”)

Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
He is like a barren bush in the desert
that enjoys no change of season,
But stands in a lava waste,
a salt and empty earth.

Robson River, British Columbia

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose hope is the Lord.
He is like a tree planted beside the waters
that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It fears not the heat
when it comes,
its leaves stay green:
In the year of drought it shows no distress,
but still bears fruit.

~Jeremiah 17:5-8

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One response to “The Canticle of Jeremiah

  1. Cecilia Woodley

    How lovely! Thank you for posting the verse and the photograph — I like the imagery, also.

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