Like a Tree Planted beside the Waters


tree-by-riverWhat a gift we have in today’s first reading from Jeremiah.  The imagery he uses is so beautifully aligned to our Lenten journey, from the desolation for the spiritual desert to the fullness of joy we experience at Easter.

This morning, as we were seated around the table for our morning prayer before my boys left for school, I glanced over at Adam who was seated facing our kitchen windows.  His eyes squinted against the morning sunshine streaming in from the backyard reminded me that we are slipping into Spring – a few weeks ago, we huddled at that same table in darkness and now the lengthening days fill our lives with more light.

Today, Jeremiah says:

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.

Lord, as I continue my Lenten journey this week, help me to be like that tree planted near Your waters – help me to reach for you in times of stress, distrust, and exhaustion.  Let my soul be replenished by your love, and let me in turn bear great fruit for You.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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