All Saints Messenger - May 11, 2017

posted May 11, 2017, 11:51 AM by Church Secretary
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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for 


Luke 6:43-44 No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.

We worked hard to prune three mature trees next to our house. One has fruit, one has leaves but no fruit, and one is completely bare. I cannot say whether or not any of our trees started out as "bad trees" or "good trees," but I can say that they have all suffered neglect. For nearly a decade, they had been left to their own devices, growing without any sort of pruning or attention.

When we finally took the time to prune, I wondered what sort of good treasure these trees would have offered if they had been better tended. I wonder about my own fruit, about my own heart. I ponder what vines, diseases, and behaviors I have neglected to root out, cut back, weed out, and I resolve to tend to all-the trees, my relationships, and my heart-with greater care, giving us all a chance to bear good fruit.

MOVING FORWARD: Take a walk around your home today. What needs to be pruned, cleaned up, or tidied to ensure a fruitful season ahead?