March 14, 2022
A daily prayer from the New England Conference
The clergy and laity of the New England Conference are sharing a daily prayer based on the Revised Common Lectionary for the week. You are welcome to use these in worship or in your own devotions.
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. 13:7 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?' 13:8 He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 13:9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'" Holy Gardener, who pleads with the landowner, a person dripping with impatience and a need for profitable fig trees, thank you for finding a small quantity of mercy in their heart to allow a second chance for us poor fig trees. We’ve tried to be productive, put forth our best efforts, but the soil is played out and the rains come too seldom these days. We are dry and hungry. Let us drink in your water and luxuriate in your fertilizer and our vitality will return. Just bless us, and we will be a blessing to others. Amen. By: Rev. Dr. Thomas Blackstone, Pastor, The United Methodist Church of East Greenwich, RI, Seacoast District.