Rooted and Grounded in Love


I’ve been spending a lot of time at a farm lately, where I’m learning how critical a plant’s root system is for its ability to flourish.  Tomatoes aren’t transplanted from their starter trays until the root system is tight and full, and then they’re planted deep in the ground to allow extra roots to sprout from the stem.

We humans also put down roots.  I’ve moved four times in the past three years, and I know it’s not easy to put down roots in a new place or community.  Now I’ve begun this itinerant Dominican life, knowing that I’ll probably be called to live in many different places throughout the years.

Yet no matter how grounded or ungrounded I may feel in a given place, I will always be rooted in something more certain: God’s love!  Ephesians 3:20 reminds me of this: “May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.”

In the midst of transition, I’m learning to let my heart be rooted and grounded in love.   It’s an ongoing (and humbling!) process. 

How about you?  Where are you planting your roots?

Christin Tomy, candidate
Jacksonville, Florida

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