Then Jesus told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 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?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down. Luke 13.6-9
A new year provides the opportunity to re-present ourselves to God, to ourselves, and to others: to do more than simply survive, to surely thrive. The tree in this parable is taking valuable nutrients from the soil without sharing fruit in return, without fruit it cannot stay in the garden. It’s not too late to affirm the “new” this year, to embrace spiritual practices that will stimulate and feed your roots as the gardener promises to do with this fig tree. Come and experience how the Spirit is seeking to bear fruit amongst us within First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant.
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