Good morning and happy Thursday!
About this time each year I get itchin’ to dig in the flowerbeds around our home. The coming Spring brings an anticipation of renewal and new life to our outdoor surroundings. If you need to find me on the weekends, I’m usually outside weeding and pruning and planting.
I receive seed and plant catalogs toward the end of winter to further the anticipation that all of this will bring. My favorite catalog is from a company called David Austin Roses. This gentleman and his family have spent their lifetimes developing English roses. Sometimes roses are chosen for their type of growth: a climber or a bush; scent: some stronger than others, and with different types; color of course: beautiful shades of pinks, yellows, reds; disease resistance: many times roses are susceptible to nasties like “blackspot,” which is a fungus that can eventually defoliate the entire rose plant if not corrected. Newer roses are bred specifically to be resistant to such diseases.
The rose grower will separately grow what is called “root stock” plants that have been developed to be especially hardy and strong. They will at the same time grow the desired rose as described above. At the right time, the root stock plant will be harvested so that only the roots and base of the plant are kept. The new rose plants will then be similarly harvested, only their branches are left. Then, they will graft the two plants together: The beauty and other unique qualities of each variety with the strength and vigor of the root stock. They come together to become breathtaking and hardy roses that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.
Here's how God puts it for us as we take this example from the garden into our personal spiritual lives:
“But some of these branches from Abraham's tree--some of the people of Israel--have been broken off. And you Gentiles, who were branches from a wild olive tree, have been grafted in. So now you also receive the blessing God has promised Abraham and his children, sharing in the rich nourishment from the root of God's special olive tree.” Romans 11:17
God is telling us that we are now part of His chosen people, with His “ingrafting” of us, into the “whole plant” – the sturdy base (God’s original promise of love, faith and eternal life) along with the uniqueness of the rest of the plant. You see, with the foundation of everything that is God along with the differing colors, scents, growing types etc., we have become an amazing garden of faith along with all the rest of the plants that uniquely combine to form His church. Remember that the next time you drive by our house or if you simply take the time to enjoy the beauty of a rose!
Here’s a reminder for you all, that we are continuing our Genesis sermon series this Sunday as we will wrestle with the thoughts that we all have about hearing God’s voice. Does it still happen today? How can I hear Him? Why should I hear His voice? I believe that everyone will enjoy and benefit from this study of the Word of God. I hope and pray that I will see you on Sunday.
Peace in Jesus Christ,
FISHERS COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Joseph Doenges
WORSHIP SUNDAY 10:00 AM
301 N. 6th Street
St. Clair, MI 48079
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization