“He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:8)
According to the Encyclopedia Britannica “a root, in botany, is that part of a vascular plant normally underground. Its primary functions are anchorage of the plant, absorption of water and dissolved minerals and conduction of these to the stem, and storage of reserve foods.” Roots provide many essential functions in the life cycle of plants.
Cultural roots also serve as an anchor. On July 4, it is our tradition to celebrate the founding of our country, when the legal concepts of freedom and equality for all people were established. These principles are embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Men and women throughout the generations have been willing to sacrifice, fight, and even die to gain and maintain these ideals. May we always remember them and cherish the freedoms we still enjoy because of their sacrifices, as we strive to live according to these standards.
Finally, as Christians, we are spiritually rooted and grounded in Christ. When we stay connected to him in prayer, spend time in God’s word and drink in the living water of his teachings, we develop the faith to survive, and even thrive, in the storms and droughts of this life.
“. . . The root of Jesse will come, even he who arises to rule the Gentiles; in him will the Gentiles hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:12-13)
Let us remember, lest we forget, the principles that are an integral part of this great United States, which originated with the biblical worldview of the founding fathers. Enjoy the July 4 celebrations and we invite you to deepen your spiritual roots by drawing nearer to Jesus.
“. . . let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)