Fast Day 23

Monday, 15th March

Reading Jeremiah 17: 5-18

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

Because of our temperate climate in the UK, we generally receive cool, not Siberian winters, and warm rather than equatorial summers. That said we do know of the impact of drought, how our gardens or farmers’ fields can be impacted, as well as what devastation it may cause in other nations. Short rooted grass may turn brown but a plant with deep roots will last longer. How deep are our roots in the Lord I wonder? How close to the living water are we in good times, and what does that mean for the times of struggle? We have maybe had a drought of being together, a scorching experience of separation, but hopefully we have still known something of fruitfulness. How can you deepen your roots that the leaves remain green in life’s challenges?

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