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Weekly Moravian Message: March 3, 2013

Third Sunday in Lent

March 3, 2013

So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none.”

Fig tree

the blame does not lie with the tree of course 
it does what it does;
as long as there is water and sun and healthy soil
it is not the tree’s fault;
(but the steward
has smiled every harvest
with juice on his chin) (perhaps)

still the wiser course of action
is to spend time and energy to feed a bit more
and to water too — remember
in water is life;
(he may watch more
carefully for his master’s arrival
and temper his appetite) (perhaps)

for the master has been merciful and wise
for the master wants only a small return:
some fruit from the garden that is kept and
a turning of the heart
(there will be fruit next time
the master will taste how sweet just
as the steward knows) (perhaps)

Andy Meckstroth, pastoral team, Castleton Hill Moravian Church, Staten Island, New York


Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, July 20 — Psalm 88:1–5
Deuteronomy 29:22–31:8; Luke 10:17–24

I will bring them through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. Zechariah 13:9 (NKJV)

Paul wrote: We also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3–4

God, sometimes life feels too difficult to bear and we cannot feel you with us. Help us to be more aware of your presence even in the most challenging situations, and strengthen us to face the day. Amen.

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