Helen Schneiders’ reflections on being “rooted”

Thank you to Helen for sharing some of her words from our first Wednesday gathering!

Reflection…..being rooted in God’s word……rooted in God’s love!  Reading Psalm 1:1-3

Tree roots by water

"their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. "

I am drawn to the metaphor of a tree planted by streams of water. As I started to think about the roots of trees …….I thought about how roots provide an “anchor”. An anchor for the tree that gives it the support it needs. The stronger the roots become……the stronger the stability and the support to withstand all kinds of weather and earth changes. We have an enormous Oak at home that withstood a fire hundreds of years ago………and still it stands beautiful …….anchored securely, reaching upward.

Roots also provide a way for the tree to take in the nutrients and moisture it needs to grow.

Another definition I noticed for the word “root” was………original or true home…..I thought about that in relationship to God……we live and move and have our being in God as it says in Acts. …..Our original and true home is in God…..with God.

I started to think about a tree beginning to take root by being in one place. I wonder if the same applies to us? Standing still with God long enough for our roots to take hold and grow………taking time to be intentionally before God…….. in prayer, silence, study, worship, …….simply living…….paying attention to all the ways God is present to us and noticing all the ways God meets us daily that we might otherwise miss.

I then began to muse on the myriad ways that tree roots grow, depending on the variety…..Just like we are all uniquely individual…..our roots grow differently, but grow they must as they are fundamental and essential for us to be strong, not only to withstand all that life brings, but also to flourish….for God, for ourselves and for others. I started to think about roots that lace so beautifully together and that spoke to me of the importance of community……..community offers strength when our roots alone are depleted and in need…… the roots of our community around us help hold us together.

I thought about gardens and vines, abiding and flourishing. We often talk about this metaphor as one we like for our congregation …….. a community growing and flourishing together and individually. I have a hand out I thought we could take some time to read and then have a few minutes to share any thoughts, insights or questions.

God is so much more than we can ever fathom and God is always at work.
In this Lenten season, is there an invitation from God to grow your roots deeper into the mystery of Lent and allow God’s living water to grow your roots and flow thru you like a river?

Before we move into our closing Vespers, I would like to close by reading
Ephesians 3:14-20 from The Message.

And as a blessing……. Colossians 2:6-7
As therefore you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so live in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith just as you taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

God’s abundant blessings to you in this Lenten season.


Image attribution: pam fray [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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