While I write, I am looking out the window at the accumulated snow and ice of December. I am a lover of all seasons, so this doesn’t bother me, but I will admit that I am itching to get out in my flower beds and check on the trees.
Take a minute to think about your favourite tree-any tree. Maybe it was a tree you climbed in as a child, maybe it is one you planted in the yard. Envision the strength of its trunk and the division of its branches. Listen to hear the wind moving through its leaves. Can you see it? A tree is a vision of living strength that stands tall on account of its intricate root system. We, too, have roots: faith roots. And they are fed and nourished throughout our lives, starting with baptism and Sunday school, to regular interaction with the Word and prayer. When we are missing sufficient amounts of these nutrients, our faith lives start to suffer.
The strongest trees are well-fed with ample water and sunshine. How are your faith roots doing today?
Dear Lord, when we need to replenish our roots, help us to turn to you. Amen. — CS