Our souls are—or our spiritual growth is—like a tree. Imagine a circle on the ground. Within this space, the tree of our soul grows. The width of the circle is the knowledge of ourselves and the depth of the circle is our knowledge of God. With sufficient knowledge of self and God, the good soil of humility fills this space and the roots of love take hold.
—Christopher Maricle, Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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They are like a tree replanted by streams of water,
which bears fruit at just the right time
and whose leaves don’t fade.
Whatever they do succeeds.
—Psalm 1:3 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, give me the humility to know that I am a growing work in progress. Give me grace and understanding to see the growth in those around me. Amen.
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God is weaving a tapestry of love and redemption for all the world, and each person’s story is part of that tapestry. God Was with Me All Along by Mary Lou Redding guides you to look at your life and reflect on how God has been present in all its ups and downs. Learn more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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