O Radix Jesse: “O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.”
Isaiah had prophesied, “But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” (11:1),
and "On that day, the root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, the Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.” (11:10).
Remember also that Jesse was the father of King David, and Micah had prophesied that the Messiah would be of the house and lineage of David and be born in David’s city, Bethlehem (Micah 5:1).
Root. You are a face of The Christ. Roots of the family tree of God. Roots of creation. The tentacles that root us into the DNA of God.
Lucy, you speak to me today from the voice of that unknown couple long ago who fostered me into the family of humanity. Maybe in eastern Africa, you held my fore-bear infant, aping love.
How did you know to tend and protect, to nurse and nit pick? Because, it seems, God's DNA is set on pro-creation. This is not only the expansion of life, that that ROOT FORCE that keeps arising anew.
After the long cold winter, deep roots will send up juice into plants and trees. They will release their waster, oxygen. We will breath back: carbon dioxide. Male and Female, root and fruit. God's tendrils hold us fast.
We are rooted and grounded in love...