Unique Soil

Psalm 1:3- They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do. (New Living Translation)

Herbert Bowen, Jr.  Voices Against the Grain Devotional Writer

Herbert Bowen, Jr.
Voices Against the Grain Devotional Writer

A tree planted by the water is a tree that will live for many years. Why? Because the land is fertile. This land is home to thousands of species sprawling with vitality and vigor. The land’s soil is unique, as it contains silt left by the running flow of the river. It is this sediment that aids in yielding bountiful fruit for this tree. It is this sediment that deposited its nutrients to improve the tree’s mortality. It is this tree that shades when hot, feeds when hungry, and quenches our parched lips when thirsty.

This gift to draw many cannot be taken lightly. For the gift, like life can be here today and gone tomorrow. So our words, our actions, and our minds must adhere to grace and love. Only here will we be able to accept our faults and that of others, while clinging to love to remain tall and sturdy amid any storm.


Herbert writes weekly devotionals to combat the decreasing morality in the 18-30 age group a.k.a., “the transition gap.” This is an effort to re-introduce Jesus Christ to this spiritually starved generation. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Business Management. He is also the founder of B.T.E.P. (Bringing Together Extraordinary People), a Charlotte, N.C.-based nonprofit with a mission to unite professional athletic organizations in accordance with their neighboring counties in the Greater Charlotte area, and to improve underprivileged athletic programs and share in the duty of empowering disadvantaged youth within their communities.

Learn more about Herbert Bowen, Jr., here

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