Daily Devotion Monday, May 20th

Monday, May 20, 2013 – Psalm 5; Ruth 1:1-18; 1 Timothy 1:1-17 and Luke 13:1-9

Luke 13:1-9 – 6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7So 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. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”

Another chance; friends today is another chance we have to participate with God in producing fruit fit for his kingdom. God is constantly digging around us and putting fertilize upon us and in us. Today, may we produce fruit fit for God’s kingdom.

Some of our brothers and sisters in Christ are doing this as they help pick up the pieces from yesterday’s and last week’s tornadoes. I’m always amazed by the power of nature and how one minute, what seems to be a very sturdy house is standing and the next minute it is broken apart and in many, many pieces. May God be with these first responders who are helping people even this day and may God raise up his people to help put the pieces of their lives back together. Part of this will be done through the many parts of Christ’s church that respond to disasters, one of which is PDA (Presbyterian Disaster Assistance). Give thanks for their good work this day.

Psalm 5 –1   Give ear to my words, O LORD;
give heed to my sighing.
2   Listen to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
3   O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice;
in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. …..

 8   Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
          because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

O God, I know many days I am not fruitful and yet you hang in there with me and dig around me and fertilize the soil (my heart, mind and soul). Today help me work with you in producing fruit fit for the kingdom. Lead me in your righteousness by making your way straight before me. May I be a instrument of your love and peace. Amen.

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