Rooted: A Recipe For Flourishing

Jim Knight
Redwood trees are the tallest in the world, growing upwards of 240 feet, with some reaching 340 feet. They range in diameter from 10 to 15 feet and live for 2,000 years. They are the world's largest living thing.
Redwoods focus upward, toward the sky. They seek water from the low-level fog that inhabits their canopy. One would think that at such a height, their roots would run deep, protecting them against high winds and strong storms and providing nutrients from deep within the earth. That is not the case. The roots of redwood trees are shallow, at a depth of 6–12 feet. How do they withstand the elements? Their shallow roots intertwine with the roots of other redwood trees. They grow in close proximity to each other so they can share nutrients and physically support each other. These interlocking roots provide strength and stability. Below the surface, their roots look like one massive system. 
 
Typically, the redwood's attention is turned upward toward the sky, drawing up nutrients from the earth and pulling water from the air to reach great heights. They drink from the sky. However, if another tree is sick, they suspend their quest upward and begin to send nutrients to care for the tree in trouble. In other words, they serve as nurses to those in need. Redwoods are one-another trees. They don't simply exist on their own as independent organisms but rather in a community. The strength of a redwood tree lies not only in its vastness and majesty but also in its connection to other trees.
 
Pacifica is a community with a vision and lofty goals for the future. We are a people who look to the heavens and seek spiritual nourishment. We are people who grow up and grow strong. Within this vision, like redwoods, we care for one another. We are a one-another school seeking to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength while loving our neighbors as ourselves. We realize our success and gifts are not simply for ourselves. They are meant to glorify God while providing great joy in our own lives and service to others. This is our recipe for flourishing, for thinking, and for living well.
 
The theme for this school year is ROOTED. It comes from Colossians 2:6-7:
 
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
 
At Pacifica, we realize that in order to have vision, to flourish, to honor God, and to be there for one another, we can't do it on our own. We must be rooted and built up through our relationship with God. We must live our lives in Him. We need to be connected to the source of life. We must tap into the vine—God—looking heavenward for nourishment. John 15 reminds us:
 
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.
 
Our focus this school year is to become and remain ROOTED in Christ so that we may experience the fullness of joy and allow our souls to be nourished and our lives transformed so that we may thrive and become a blessing to others.
 
The ROOTED theme will be expressed and played out in the classroom, on the stage, in the hallways, on the field, and through discussions and actions. Wherever we go and whatever we do, it is our goal to be ROOTED in Christ. 
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