Sunday, January 01, 2017

OLW 2017

In 2016, my One Little Word was LOVED.  2016 was a rough year for my family and me, but it was a year with many beautiful moments, anyway.  I 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.


Rebecca Richburg said...

Esther, this is powerful, especially for mk's like us! Do you mind if I share it on my fb page?

Ruth said...

I'm Ruth, not Esther, but sure! :-)

Ann Y Stokes said...

Ruth, this is a winderful blog post! It is evident that you have been growing in the Lord a LOT under the difficult circumstances of the last years. Well done. May 2017 bring the increase of "rooting" you have set your sights upon.

The Ephesians passage is one the Lord has brought me back to over the years. It's a challenge at times to know & believe God truly loves me. He challenged me with my core beliefs about it starting a few months ago. It floored me. There is always room for growth and transformation while running this race, right?!

I would love to share some of this with my Bible study group (Bible Chats) at the nursing home nearby. The picture says so much, too. May I use the pictures and content?


Ruth said...

Thank you, Ann. Sure, you may share it.