Grafted and nourished: Romans 11:24

This work entitled “Inclusive tree” is my visual interpretation of Romans 11 . Painting this I was inspired by how different everyone is and how God sees us all equally. We’re all his children regardless of of our limbs and roots. Serendipitously, even though Chris had not seen the painting, his writing captures the image perfectly.

This work entitled “Inclusive tree” is my visual interpretation of Romans 11 . Painting this I was inspired by how different everyone is and how God sees us all equally. We’re all his children regardless of of our limbs and roots. Serendipitously, even though Chris had not seen the painting, his writing captures the image perfectly.

This is an excerpt of a reflection for Trees of the Book by Chris Schoon

“What we encounter then in Romans 11 is a beautifully hopeful picture of God’s reclamation project. Rather than the ethnic, tribal exclusivity that dominates the landscape of human relationships, God, the original master Gardener, has undertaken a complete reclamation project to reunite us rebellious, isolated, malformed, stubborn, wild shoots within God’s garden-kingdom. Instead of throwing us away, God has lifted us out of our sinful separation and grafted us together as God’s people through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.”

Having pastored previously in both Michigan and Ontario, Chris Schoon serves as the Director of Faith Formation Ministries for the Christian Reformed Church. He enjoys hiking, board games, and back yard BBQs. Chris is the author of Cultivating an Evangelistic Character (Wipf & Stock, 2018).