We spent yesterday afternoon at the Longino Ranch for a celebration of Bus’s life with Longino family members and many friends of the ranch and land. There were no celebrity sightings, which is not a surprise.  However, people from all walks and ways of life gathered to reconnect, listen, share stories and break bread together. That is not a surprise either.  Over at the far table (which also was the closest to the food) were the esteemed veterinarians. They were huddled together, along with a few other characters, for a tutorial on long needle pine trees. Off Jack and Bert went to locate the predestined pine tree to be planted on campus to mark the 70th anniversary of Pine Shores and to honor Bus and Jane. I listened to the conversation on the significance of a pine tree’s taproot. (There is a separate homily regarding the fragility of the taproot when it comes to transplantation. Apparently, if the taproot is too deep the risk is higher for the tree not to take and if the taproot is undeveloped the same is true — but perhaps that is for another time.)  Taproot is the notion that caught my attention and I invite you to sit with it, too.  A taproot is the main root of a primary root system, growing vertically downward. Taproots absorb both water and nutrients and serve to store food reserves, making the tree more productive and resilient. I’m very grateful to learn about long needle pine trees and additionally, I now know something about taproots. All this got me thinking – what does a deeper faith mean for me and what does it look like? What are the nutrients needed for me to embody a more productive and resilient faithfulness?

Scripture Reading: Luke 6:48
“That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built.”

Reflection Questions:
Where are you getting the nutrients to live a fruitful life?
What are your foundational beliefs?
How do you define a more productive and resilient faith?

Prayer: Holy God, keep me attuned to fruitful living. Let me dig deeper and become more resilient in the facing of these days. Let my daily actions be an indication of your presence. Amen