“We’re creatures of both dark and light, suffering and healing, joy and sorrow. The goal isn’t necessarily to extinguish the less-palatable option entirely but to find hope in the basic, simple, elemental stuff of daily living. It’s only in such deep, patient presence that the rush of really living—and not just being alive—comes breaking in.”
— Surviving the Bible: A Devotional for the Church Year 2020 by Christian Piatt
From the stump of Jesse, a new sprig of life for the Hebrews grows, says Isaiah. From the remains of a well-rooted tree, a sacred seed can and will come. It’s a resurrection story. In fact it’s the resurrection story. Jesus recognizes his fate transcends death as we know it because his roots run deep, all the way to the original source from which all life comes.