Opening Prayer: Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields it fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3)
Scripture: Ephesians 3:17-18
Journal: What gives your life a healthy sense of rootedness? What helps you when things aren’t going so well? How can Jesus give your life a sense of rootedness, regardless of how things are going? How do you stay rooted in his great love?
Reflection: I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.” (Ephesians 3:17-18)
Rooted and established in love? I have my moments, I suppose. One minute I am able to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is his great love for me, and the next I lose track of it altogether, becoming just as convinced that I am totally and completely unlovable. One minute I’m living my life so that I will be loved, and the next I’m living it because I already am. It can be a bit of rollercoaster at times.
It all comes back to identity. As long as I live as if my worth and value are up to me, I am in for a hell of a ride. But when I can finally become convinced that my worth and value are set in stone by the unfailing love of God, it creates a rootedness. My life becomes more durable and less at the mercy of mood and whim and circumstance.
Oh to be convinced of your great love for us. Oh to grasp its heights and depths and breadth. Oh to live a life that is rooted and established in that love. That’s the life I truly long to live. Help me, O Lord, to believe that it’s possible.
Closing Prayer: Thank you, O Lord, for your great love. Thank you that it is wider and longer and higher and deeper than I could ever imagine. Help me to sink my roots deep down into that unfailing love and care this day, so that I will not be moved by mood or whim or circumstance, but moved only by the power of your great affection. Amen.