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2023 02 23

Good morning.

Daphne and I enjoy our little garden. We have 6 or 7 "Iceberg" rose bushes. Everybody in our complex comments on the beautiful display of white blooms. Daphne spends hours tending the "Icecbergs"; deadheading, pruning and shaping each rose bush. As a result our "Icebergs" bear more and more beautiful white roses.

Now here's the thing. When the people comment on the roses, they talk of "your" roses acknowledging the one who tends the rose garden.

Similarly, followers of Christ, we all want to be fruitful. Most of us enjoy the praise of those around us. Sometimes, though, we get in the way and the gardener, our Father, needs to do some pruning.

It is not only sin that needs to be cut away. It may well be that the reliance on our own abilities, when we do things in our own strength, that requires pruning. "He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful."

(John 15:2)

When we bear fruit according to His plan, fulfilling His purpose for each of us, then, the gardener, our Father, receives the praise and glory. Peter reminds us that when we serve we "should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 4:11)

Have good day.


Mike and Daphne

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