knew myself beloved.
This year, I thought about SEE, to remind myself to focus on those beautiful moments. I thought about HERE, because the best moments are when I am fully present where I am, not the past or the future, and not elsewhere on this planet. I ended up choosing the word ROOTED, for the way it combines those ideas.
Roots are a complicated concept to a transplant like me. I've lived in many places around the world, and change is a constant in my life. People move on; that's just the way it is. Here's the Bible verse I cling to, and the other reason why I love this year's OLW: "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:17-19). My roots are not necessarily in an individual place, from where I could be uprooted in a moment. My roots are in love.
This year I will seek to be fully present exactly where I am, and I will also sink my roots deeper into God's love and the love of the people in my life.
Last week when we were at the beach, a family walk brought us to the tree in the photos. My son, having no idea of the word I had been thinking about, commented, "Wow, that is a tree that knows how to adapt itself to its circumstances. It's just laying down roots everywhere."
I may be uprooted this year from my physical surroundings. People I count on may disappear from my life. But I will lay down roots anyway. In 2017, I will be ROOTED.
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