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This reminded me of the parable of the sower.  Christ told this parable to a crowd in Matthew 13.

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Only the seeds that managed to lay in roots flourished.  People need roots too.

We grow roots when we reach out to God, within our churches, within our communities.  Some of us are rooted in the environmental movement.  Others reach out to those involved in education, social justice, or the humane treatment of animals.  We root ourselves in our hobbies and passions whether they are musical loves, fiber arts, or exercise.  Our roots link us to our communities.

It is these communities that keep us going when times are tough.   Not that we’d wish tough times on anyone, but, sadly, they do happen.

Until then, reach out and reach up to God. Lay in those roots.

–SueBE

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