Google Simply Katherine, a Christian on campus: Grafted! (Part 1 of 2)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Grafted! (Part 1 of 2)

I have a dilemma. I'm not sure what to do with this blog. To treat it as a journal or to explore deep thoughts on faith, existence, and life in general? Some posts in my blog are quite challenging to follow. What say ye? My thought is just to probably do a mixture of both.

Okay, so today I want to explore grafting: 

grafting
"Grafting involves the union of a root system (called the UNDERSTOCK) with a shoot system (the SCION) in such a way that the cambiums are aligned and they subsequently grow to develop one composite plant." -Lincoln Land Community College

Some important tips for successful grafting include smooth cutting so that the cambiums of both the stock and the scion are aligned properly. Cambium is almost like the heart of a plant, it forms the new layers of phloem and xylem - these transport nutrients and minerals from the root system and from photosynthesis to the rest of the plant.

Guess what, the Bible has this interesting notion on grafting: 
"For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree and were grafted contrary to nature into the cultivated olive tree," (Romans 11:24a)
Basically, it's saying that Christians are grafted into the cultivated olive tree, which signifies Christ. There's so much to say about this mysterious grafting. But I'd like to address 4 matters: compatibility, cutting, cambiums' alignment, and the non-mutated union of the two lives (click here for Grafted! Part 2).
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