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When you live in the desert you can see strange vegetation growing. Last weekend we drove to Arizona to babysit our grand-dog. Our son and his wife flew to San Francisco for a belated honeymoon.

Their dog, Ruca needed some house partners. Ruca is an American bulldog. To me, the breed is a mix between a boxer and a pit bull but my husband disagrees. Not to embarrass Ruca but she is huge, muscular and built like a Mac Truck. When her tail starts a-waggin, you better get out of the way. If Ruca nudges you, well, you might just find yourself in the next room.

My husband spent the majority of time with Ruca. I spent the majority of time with my mom and sister. The only thing destroyed during our doggie-sit was a half eaten Christmas ornament. Mommy and Daddy were so happy to finally see their baby; the decimated ornament quickly forgotten.

Back to the strange vegetation, we were driving along the highway when we saw a large barrel cactus from afar. As we got closer, there were two cacti growing separate but still anchored together. Somehow, during the cactus development, these two cacti decided to join and share their individual root systems. Somehow two little cacti in the desert became stronger together while still remaining separate cactus.

We are born into this life alone just as a tiny Baby was born, alone, in stable thousands of years ago. We grow, separated through our sin-filled nature but when we grow towards Jesus’ root-system – we become stronger. We are no longer separated. We grow in a deeply rooted system of Grace. The Root is holy then so are we; His branches.

Cling to your Savior – Anchored in His love.

Psalm 80:9: You prepared room for it, And caused it to take deep root, And it filled the land.

Isaiah 27:6: Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob; Israel shall blossom and bud, And fill the face of the world with fruit.

Romans 11:16: For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches