Putting down roots

Leviticus 19.1-2, 15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2.1-8
Matthew 22.34-46

They are like trees planted by streams of water,
bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; *
everything they do shall prosper. –Psalm 1.3

Life can be bonkers and it is really easy to lose our bearings, especially since the world moves so fast these days. In this psalm though, God is inviting us to become like the trees, to slow down, to put our roots deep into the soil of our common life and find the stream of God’s love. It is true that everyone will go through dry patches in life. We will all experience times when we can’t connect with our friends, with God, with our partners, with ourselves, but God is inviting us keep our roots in the ground. But if we keep showing up, keep communicating, keep listening, keep being present and when it is the due season, we’ll bear fruit. If we put our roots down in God and each other, we may feel withered, but God promises we’re not. We may feel like everything we touch fails, but God promises that we will prosper.

How will we put down roots today?


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