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Branches of the Olive Tree

For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:10

The war in Israel is heartbreaking. The situation is complex. As Christians we need to pay attention and pray for Israel. 

When I consider the verse in Timothy, I think about families and the church community. We are living in a time period marked by confusion. How do we guide the teens and young adults to pursue truth when there are rallies and marches that seek to capture them on college campuses?

The Bible is our source of truth. Our children and grandchildren need to be encouraged to study the Bible and see what God’s word says about Israel. 

The apostle Paul gives us a word picture in his epistle to the Romans. Israel is like an olive tree and the Gentile Christians have been grafted into this tree.

But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you. Romans 11: 17-18 

When high school seniors choose a college, they need wisdom. I am praying for my granddaughter. Prayer and Bible study are our essential tools for this time.

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The photo of the olive tree at the top of this post was taken in Nazareth Village Israel.

Carol is a follower of Jesus and a wife, mom & grandma. She worked for many years as a childbirth nurse and prenatal educator. She recently retired from clinical work. She has written articles for nursing journals and devotionals. Her novel, Aliisa's Letter, was published in 2010 and she is currently working on another project.

11 Comments on “Branches of the Olive Tree

  1. Thank you, Carol, for sharing your reflections on Israel’s situation through the biblical metaphor of the olive tree. Your call for prayers and biblical understanding amid these challenging times is heartfelt and timely. Your insights offer a beacon of hope and a gentle reminder of the importance of faith and prayer in navigating life’s complexities. Appreciate your earnest words!

  2. Oh, what children and young people must face these days! Yes, praying for and guiding them is a vital part of the job God has entrusted us with. We must not give up! Thank you! Your #fmf neighbor, Cindy

    1. No, we must not give up. God designed the family and cares about our children and grandchildren. He will help us when we seek him.

  3. Yes, may we be every faithful to pray for our children and grandchildren who will need much wisdom to navigate the days ahead. I am so grateful God hears our prayers and moves to draw them close to Himself.

  4. The verse from I Timothy is a really good one. Yes, our young people need a great deal of wisdom in choosing their schools and their vocations and we must be praying that for them as well as protection.

    1. I am thankful to be a part of a Bible study group. We spend time in prayer after each discussion. It is a blessing to share our concerns.

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