You may or may not know that I am a great fan of trees of all kinds, and watch in great anticipation 

as they break into leaf at this time of year.  I think they are one of the great wonders of God's creation. 

As we were reminded on Sunday, the springtime reveals new growth out of apparently barren land 

all around us; something new appearing almost unexpectedly out of the bare earth.

 

Our Christain lives need to reflect this growth, so that from humble, unpromising beginnings, we start to 

shoot upwards in response to Christ's love for us, and grow from that firm foundation into God's children, 

living lives of love.  

As a tree stretches its branches higher and wider with each new season of growth, so we need to extend 

our love more and more to people around us, and also those further away, some of whom we will never 

even meet.

In that process of reaching out to others, our knowledge of God will increase and fill our lives, 

because we are bathed in his glorious light, and are reflecting his love and glory, just like the trees.

 

As Paul prays in Ephesians, '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 fulness 

of God.'

So we pray that by your grace, Lord Jesus, we may remain true to the new selves you have created 

in us, and renew our knowledge of our Heavenly Father.  

Amen.

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