That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19


When Roots Run Deep


When roots run deep

they anchor into the deep

ground, packed firm and

damp with waters brought deep

to fill in the holes, soil to keep

the roots that have run deep

from rotting, their tips to weep


when roots run deep

there’s a stately tree

above, firm in its stance

wavering for nothing

as it clings to the roots

that run deep beneath


when roots run deep

when the strength of the tree

is all you think you can see

you have forgotten what lies underneath

the foundation of the roots

the roots that run deep


when roots run deep

they spread, they grow, they sink

to deeper depths, anchoring their feet

when roots run deep


no matter how hard you try

how far down deep you dig

you can’t rip them out

you can’t cut so deep

the farther down you go

the further you will need

to work out those roots

the roots that run deep.


When roots run deep

you can stand on your feet

planted with care

by a God whose love runs deep.


His living water flows free

in meadow green or lakeside you be

in city streets or forest thick

sunshine, rain, or wind that beats

when roots run deep

you’re as secure as can ever be


and the day will come

when they will try to cut you free

but know this my friend

when roots run deep

your soul is His to keep

and forever you’ll be

rooted deep.


~Marcie Bridges

21 April 2021


This poem is long, but it is filled with many different ideas and truths. I want you to read it slowly and carefully. Find the truth in it, God reveals to you. What main theme do you see through it? How does this poem relate to the Bible verses paired with it? What other Bible verses come to mind when you read this? I’d love to read your answers in the comments section below.


From My Heart to Yours,

Marcie 🙂


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