The Roots of Your Love

Rabbi Eliezer the son of Azariah would say (Pirkei Avot, 3:17)…

But one whose deeds are greater than his wisdom, to what is he compared? To a tree with many roots and few branches, whom all the storms in the world cannot budge from its place. As it is written:

They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream

It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.

It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17: 8)

The Roots of Your Love

by Carl Josehart

May the roots of your love
run deep
to nourish and sustain you
so that even though
all the winds in the world
blow against it
it cannot be stirred from its place

May the branches of your life
and individually
crowned by healthy foliage
fed from the warm sun
providing comfort and rest
in the cool shade of its safe places

May the tree born of your love
bear sweet fruit
untroubled by periods of harsh weather
winds of change
droughts of want
floods of emotion
roots anchored deep
in fertile soil rich in love, family, friends and faith

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