Monday, June 28, 2010

Digging Deeper

We chose to call our blog "striking root" not only because Chesterton is one of our favorite authors, but also because this phrase aptly describes key aspects of our family's beliefs.

"Striking root" brings to my mind the picture of tree roots maturing over time and sinking their tentacles deeper into the earth. Steadily, but persistently, they expand downward and outward to provide the rest of the tree with a good foundation of nutrients and protection.

Our family desires to mimic growing tree roots in several ways.
Firstly, and most importantly, in faith. The roots of our faith become strong (by God's grace) through longing after Christ Himself (Psalm 42:1), for His Church (Galatians 6:10), for His Truth (James 1:5; 2 Peter 1:5-8) and in living "godly and righteously in this present world" (Titus 2:12).
Secondly, in knowledge. To seek after Truth and understanding not only in theology but in the rest of our education as well. We both come from a liberal arts background and have great appreciation for knowledge in a wide range of topics/sciences.
Thirdly, in community. Rather contradictory to most of the current culture, we want to have lasting relationships. Relationships that do not end in misunderstandings and bitterness; relationships with people we agree and disagree with; relationships that realize we are all growing and learning and sometimes we need more patience and understanding than at other times, opportunities of edification and fun regardless of whether we see you every Sunday or as you are passing through. Beginning with each other and our family, to our friends, church folks, and the people God brings into our life, we desire to be a blessing on others' lives (essentially, the watering of each others' roots). Someday, we also hope to find a particular place in God's creation to settle down.

We hope, that as our roots seek to grow and mature through posts on this blog, your roots will also be watered.

"Between us, by the peace of God, such truth can now be told;
Yea there is strength in striking root, and good in growing old.
We have found the common things at last and marriage and a creed,
And I may safely write it now, and you may safely read."

~G.K. Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday

~Elizabeth

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to more posts! Great name for a blog by the way. I wish I were so clever. And congrats on your new child!

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