The Roots

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It looks like something straight out of some horror film, except it’s real. This forest floor is actually heaving up and down, making it look like some monstrous, living, breathing creature (Watch It Here).

In reality, something very cool is happening. This Canadian forest is under attack from extremely heavy winds. The gusts are so strong they are actually uprooting these trees, causing the forest floor rise and fall as the roots are pulled up. The only reason the trees aren’t toppling over is because all of the trees’ root systems are interconnected!

What an example for the church. It’s scary how strong the winds of this life can blow on us. Right now someone in your congregation is struggling severely.

____________ feels unloved and is about to give up on God.

____________ is in the throws of depression.

____________ is a preacher struggling with sin, but too afraid to say anything.

____________ is contemplating suicide.

____________ feels like a failure as a parent.

____________ feels like a failure as a child.

____________ feels like a failure as a spouse.

____________ is an elder who agonizes daily with how to lead the church.

____________ is sick and doesn’t have the strength to push on.

The names and faces may be different, but the struggles are the same. Someone desperately needs help. As the church, this is exactly what we are here for – to help each other.

So take a minute and think about those who need help (Philippians 2:3-4). Then jump into action. Reach out to them. Pray for them (Ephesians 6:18). Cry with them (Romans 12:15). Bear their burdens (Galatians 6:2). Make them a meal. Connect them with someone else who can help. Show them love (John 15:12-13). Encourage them (Hebrews 3:13).

In the church, our roots are intertwined. The winds of life are blowing. Let’s keep each other standing.

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