I discovered RootedLA by accident on a Facebook newsfeed. After visiting the website, I e-mailed a couple of our congregation’s pastors who recommended that I consider joining, so I requested information from the website. It was a great decision that has aided my spiritual walk by connecting me to a group of young men and women also on a quest to find spiritual relevance in their lives.
Perhaps discovering RootedLouisiana was no accident as I discovered that many in the group had experienced similar gaps in their church attendance on their faith journey but somehow found their way back to church. During these six weeks of viewing videos and discussing themes obtained from passages in the Gospel of John, we developed new friendships while encouraging each other to stay “rooted” in Christ and in Christian community.
I would encourage those individuals whom might hesitate to open themselves to others that they consider taking a risk and join RootedLA next Lenten season for a wonderful journey. They will learn—quite quickly—that personal fears and doubts are held by everyone, and they are not alone. But we have Christ and each other for comfort.
John 15:5 says, “I am the vine: you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit…” In this verse, Jesus told his disciples to stay rooted in him. To stay rooted in him, we must also stay rooted in each other, which can have wonderful effects on the group and outsiders as well.
Acts 2:46-47 adds: “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
I gained a new appreciation for God’s love, our shared experiences in Christ, and the need to share those experiences with others during this Lenten Journey in RootedLouisiana. I look forward to next year’s journey to continue to grow in Christ and in Christian community.