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Friday, February 26, 2016

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Who are you in Luke's telling of the fig tree parable? Are you the landowner, or the gardener? Perhaps you are the tree or even the manure. The landowner has all but given up on his investment, but the gardener has hope. The horticulturalist sees potential in the fruitless tree through the careful tilling and the rich fertilizing manure. Where in your life do you see something as being lifeless? Is there someone or something that you have all but given up on? Perhaps it needs another look. God may be calling you to be the carefully tending gardener or even the stimulating manure itself.

God, grant us wisdom to know what is needed from us. Guide us with hope as we look to our neighbors. Plant in us the seed of helpfulness as we live each day in your creation. Amen.

Dustin Nelson
Assistant to the Seminary Pastor, Luther Seminary
Master of Arts , 2009

Luke 13:1-9 (NRSV)

1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 He asked them, "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans?
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.
4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them--do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem?
5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did."
6 Then 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.
7 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. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?'
8 He replied, "Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.
9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.' "

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