AS WITH REAL TREES, the tree of our soul requires two basic initial ingredients that are essential for its future: good soil and strong roots. However, we cannot grow strong roots without soil. …
What is good soil for the soul? With what do we fill this hole we’ve created? Generally good soil is made up of about 25 percent water and 25 percent air (made mostly of oxygen and nitrogen). The other half is made of stone, clay, and organic matter – decaying plant and animal life. We are not surprised to learn that soil is half air and water – things we know we need in order to live as much as trees do.
But what is the spiritual equivalent of good dirt? Answer: humility. Just as trees wither and die without good soil, our soul will not grow without humility. With that soil in place, roots can form in the earth, and as they grow deep and strong, the tree moves out of the ground and toward the light.
– Christopher Maricle
From pages 45-46 of Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God by Christopher Maricle. Copyright © 2016 by Christopher Maricle. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
1 John 4:7, NRSV
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