'May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvellous love. May you have the power to understand as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high and how deep God's love really is.' ~Ephesians 3:17-18
During the current restriction of movement due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our gardens have become a great source of joy. Those lucky to have a garden can get out and watch the many flowers beginning to emerge. Another observation noted by many is that during the past few weeks the birds have been singing with a great energy. Doing any form of gardening is relaxing and is a very healthy distraction.
Any gardener will be aware of the root system of plants and trees. When moving a shrub or a plant the general advice is to bring and leave as much soil with and around the roots. This is to minimise the disturbance to the plant. There are many different types of root systems. The deepest roots are generally found in deserts where the roots have to go way down to get to a water source.
The majority of roots on most plants are however found relatively close to the surface where nutrient availability and aeration are more favourable for growth. The main purpose of a root is that it anchors the plant to the earth and it also collects the water and nutrients necessary for plant growth.
It should come as no surprise that in spirituality the image of a root is often used. Everyone needs some anchor in life, something to hold us in place and something to keep us from falling over. People have tried lots of different things to keep us anchored. But there is nothing more effective or more important than a belief in a loving God, who is a constant anchor.
Just as a plant needs water and nutrients, we also need spiritual sustenance on our daily journey. Again God is the one who can provide the spiritual energy and sustenance to keep us going through all the ups and downs on our daily journey through life.
For most of the time we cannot see a root system. God's love can sometimes seem hidden especially in the uncertainty of our current pandemic crisis. But we are invited today to begin to understand how important, personal and deep God's love is for us. As part of a vital root system we are all included. We thank God this weekend for being there for us, for being our anchor and for holding us safely through everything.
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