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From: Rob Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Rob Smith <email@example.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:17 AM
Subject: the fruits of roots
The other day I was watching my grandson Joey at T-Ball. I noticed a magnificent old tree way back in left field. It stood alone and filled a large space with its massive trunk and perfectly symmetrical branches. It truly was a gorgeous sight...despite not having leaves yet in early spring. As I thought about the beauty of that tree it occurred to me that it was a beauty linked to "hanging in there". The tree had never gone anywhere...never accomplished great things...never promoted itself. But as a result of just remaining, growing, surviving and thriving it had lasted for far more years than a human life. This tree was a testimony to life itself and to remaining close to the things that are essential. Perhaps there is a lesson for us, as well, about "hanging in there" and continuing to feed from the healthy sources of life...God's word; His personal relationship with us; Keeping a clean heart record with Him and with others; Looking out for and caring for others. Strong roots will surely lead to pleasing and lasting fruits.
Revelation 22:1-2 22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month.