ones on either side remained lush and green.
Why, the kids wanted to know, would one tree be so visibly alive
while the one next to it was apparently dead.
So we talked about roots…and our hearts.
And Daddy explained how what we see on the surface is
only a reflection of what is happening below the soil.
Because what is happening underneath that dirt is what determines whether or not that tree will live or die.
The trees that had toppled over with their roots exposed for us to see, no longer had a foundation from which to draw strength and nourishment. Instead, they were now at the mercy of the elements.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.”
But, what about the other trees?
The ones that still stood tall among their peers but no longer bore any signs of life.
“Will their leaves grow back?” our son asked.
Will those branches ever again be lush and green?
Will they bear “fruit”?
“It all depends on those roots”, Daddy replied.
“…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
Thank you for joining me today for this Simply Sunday at the Fence,
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