Continue to live your lives in [Christ Jesus], rooted
and built up in him and established in the faith, just
as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
My daily walk goes by a lake that has cypress trees along
the banks. One day I stopped to look more closely at one of
these trees and its large, entangled roots. Some of the roots
were wound tightly around the tree; others grew out from the
tree. Still other roots seemed to sprout from the trunk of the
tree itself. Many seemed tangled together. I marveled at the
tree’s strong root system.
I thought about how much our life with God is like this
tree. We, too, need the support of strong roots. Some of the
roots grow straight and tall, mimicking the strong and direct
teachings from scripture and the church. Others wrap around
one another, forming strong support groups of friends and
family, which encircle us and hold us tightly with love. Still
others extend away from
the tree, reminding us that
we are to reach out and
embrace others with God’s
great love. I keep this image
of the strong root system of
the cypress tree as a guide
to live by, knowing that I need many types of support to stay
strong and connected to God.
Prayer: Holy God, help us to remember that we are
connected to you and our community of faith just as
strong roots are connected to a tree. Amen.
Patricia M. Daniels (Florida)
Prayer Focus: SUPPORT GROUPS
— Colossians 2: 6-7 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
Today I will stay rooted
in God’s love.