Tue. April 9

Tuesday April 9, 2019

Today’s Focus                                                                                  Patience                                

Today’s Scripture Reading                                                                         Luke 13:1-9                      

About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple. “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too.”

Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’

“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’”

Daily Reflection                                                                                 Pastor’s reflection

“Please Be Patient, God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet!”

In the midst of Jesus calling people to “repent (Turn toward God and place the Lord at the center of your life (my definition))” Jesus reminds us just how patient God is with all of us.  God realizes that even in our best attempts to follow the Will of our God that we will at times stumble, make mistakes, and even chose poorly.  In this short parable Jesus shares with us that our God is like the ever patient gardener!  Waiting for us to bear fruit that is worthy of the kingdom.  Tilling the soil around us to ground us in our faith and give us confidence in the world.  Taking care of us through all of the means God has at God’s disposal.

When we falter in the world and make mistakes, remind those around you of God’s patience by reminding yourself and others “Please Be Patient, God Isn’t Finished With Me Yet!”

May our Lord’s patience yield great fruit in each of our lives!

Some questions for reflection

  • In the first century world, illness, calamity, disaster were seen as “curses” from God in response to human sinfulness. Do we still see this notion of God punishing us for our us take hold in the world in which we live?
  • If the owner of the fig tree came back the following year and still found “no fruit” how do you imagine the gardener would respond?

Today’s discipleship challenge

Share with your group an area of your life in which you sense that God is being really patient with you about.  Also, how could you show better patience to someone in your life who is trying to understand God’s will for their life.

Today’s prayer

Almighty God, Lord of all mercy.  We humbly thank You for Your goodness to us and to all that You have formed.  We praise You for Your creation and preservation, for keeping us and all things in Your care, and for all the blessings of life.  Above all, we bless You for Your immeasurable love in redeeming the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who came among us taking on our own sins and feeling the sufferings of this world, yet was still able to show an immeasurable amount of patience and love to us all.  Amen

7 thoughts on “Tue. April 9

  1. Pastor Jerry

    God is being super patient with me in helping me to come to terms with the fact that I need to be more patient with myself and with others! I like to believe that I am a self-motivator and that with the help of others many wonderous things can be accomplished in quick order. Perhaps my personal largest “growing edge” in the formation of the UPG is that I am constantly learning that “my time” for things to be accomplished and “God’s time” for these things to be accomplished have great variances! In the process, there have been times when I’ve “pushed” people too hard and have offended; there have been times that I have “stuck my feet into the ground waiting for someone to complete a task” and have offended and expended much more energy than I should on frustration. Yet through it all, things are moving forward incredibly nicely, I just have to always keep in mind that if I am to walk this walk with all of my sisters and brothers in Christ in the UPG, then I can only walk at the pace that the group is walking…. not way out in front, or way behind…. but the pace of the community. PBPGIFWMY!
    P, B, &L,
    PJ

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  2. Catherine Ziel

    I know just what you mean, Pastor Jerry! I tend to think that I have all the answers, and all would be well if people would just listen to me. This parable reminds me of just how patient God has been with me—and how I need to learn to be patient with others. I love the bumper sticker that says “Bark less—wag more.” Listening more continues to be one of my goals.

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  3. Lisa Mantz

    I think we all need to be more patient with ourselves. A lot of times we are our own worst critic.

    While I was recovering from my accident I remember everyone telling me, “All good things take time.”
    As a 10 year old, that’s a hard pill to swallow. It made no sense to me. I had so many questions. I’m still waiting for answers. So while I wait I want to learn to listen more intently and love more openly and just enjoy all that God offers me each and every day.

    And the best part is that God isn’t finished with me yet…..

    Blessings to all….

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  4. Melanie

    No patience and a bad temper. Top of my list for things I’ve struggled with my whole life. Worked on it then, still working on it now. Progress? I don’t know. Slow, but I hope so. I think I’ve gotten to a point where I know I’m not always right… that I have a lot to learn…and as Pastor Ziel said, I need very much to LISTEN more than I talk. So I feel very much like the fig tree…and God is waiting, waiting, waiting…and saying to the owner, hey give her more time. she needs more time….she’ll bear that fruit…just wait….

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  5. Pastor Jerry

    Thanks for sharing… I’m not sure we ever get there…. but the “growing season” itself is a holy time!

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