“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in...” Colossians 2:6-7

When spring arrives in Upstate New York and the blanket of snow finally recedes, it reveals a landscape of bare trees and matted vegetation. The harsh affects of a punishing winter are evident. But as the weather warms and the days lengthen, the plants come back to life. Brown turns to green, bare branches are once again clothed, and new growth bursts forth. It would be a mistake to predict the potential for recovery from the wilted remains. Instead, life springs from a root system, hidden from sight, but undeterred by the long cold.

In Christ, the roots of my faith reach into the soil of my Savior. A strong root system is one in which the tendrils run deep, where I continue to live in him. I root my life in a growing relationship with the Savior. Meditating on the Word, communing with God in prayer, using my gifts to serve the body of Christ, fellowshipping with other believers, and numerous other spiritual disciplines strengthen my roots. Then, even when the seasonal circumstances of life look barren, there will be life beneath the surface. My faith can carry me through winter into spring.

Lord, help me develop roots that run deep in you.

By Phil Huber, Syracuse, NY