News & Views † April 2, 2014
Let us not neglect our meeting together,
as some people do
but encourage and warn each other,
especially now that the day of his coming
back again is drawing near.
Our culture applauds individualism, but
this isolates people from one another and
cuts them off from the mainstream of life.
The next time you are in a forest, try to
imagine what is taking place under your
feet. Scientists now know when the roots
of trees come in contact with one another,
a substance is released which encourages
the growth of a particular kind of fungus.
This fungus helps to link the roots of
different trees — even those of dissimilar species. If one tree has access to water, another nutrients and a third sunlight, the fungus enables the transfer of these items to trees that need them. So the trees have the means of sharing with one another.
God tells us to reach out to one another; build a network of friends and colleagues; above all root yourself into a group that nourishes you spiritually.