O Father, thank You for teaching me about the significance of an olive tree. As I studied in the Garden of Gethsemane, I learned of the value of all that the olive tree stands for and produces.
So I pray the verses with new understanding: “As for me, I am like an olive tree flourishing in the House of God”
As for me, Lord, may I be like a green olive tree flourishing in Your House:
May I be alive, vibrant, and growing
May I produce abundant fruit in season,
May I have long thick roots that penetrate deep into spiritual soil.
May I grow protected from harm and harshness because I abide in Your House O Lord. Thank You that as my gardener, You tend to me personally to be sure I have everything I need to grow healthy and strong.
May I grow in community, surrounded by others, our roots and trunks intertwining like olive trees grow, without comparing myself to them, but shading them, and drawing needed shade from them.
May I draw on the strength of being in community with those You have placed around me so I can persevere and remain strong even when the winds come, leaning on others and providing stability for them in return.
May I stand in the midst of others for years and years and years to come, like the two 2400 year old olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. They stood by You as You knelt on that fateful night and prayed before Your arrest and Crucifixion.
Let me be like the olive tree that is both beautiful to look at and amazing in purpose.
May others see me and see Your care, and be drawn to You through me.
As the olive tree produces food to eat, and oil for lamps, soaps for cleansing, and ointments for anointing and healing; let me be nourishment and light and cleansing and blessing and healing to those around me.
I will trust in Your loving-kindness and unfailing love for ever and ever –
Even when I am confused
Even when I can’t see Your will at work
Even when I don’t feel Your presence
Even when the world denies it
Even through tears and pain and sorrow
I will thank You for all You have done
I will hope in Your Name, for it is good
I will praise You – forever. Amen